1961

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Norman Kopp's 1932 Chevrolet Coupe of Beloit, Wisconsin. Originally owned and built by Norman's brother, the first running completion was in 1958. The build was completed in 1961. Norman was a member of the Road Gents of Beloit car club.
Gary Overby's 1940 Chevrolet Coupe was chopped and by Gary in 1960 and 1961.
Dan Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Century convertible of Cleveland, Ohio. Built by Dan and his brother Ken, the car went trough several iterations between 1951 and 1962. This photo shows the car as it appeared in 1961, after Dan had taken full possession of the car.
The first incarnation of Ken Bausert's 1950 Mercury Convertible was completed in the summer of 1961.
Jim and George Bernardo's 1957 Plymouth convertible of Milford, Connecticut. Jim and George ran Bernardo Auto Body in Milford, and they were specialists in unique finishes such as Metalic, Candy, Pearl and Metalflake. Their Plymouth was completed early in 1961, making its debut at the 1961 Hartford Autorama. It featured a Silver Metalflake paint job, making it one of the first Metalflaked cars.
Doug Osterman's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette of San Jose, California. Doug's mild Corvette was restyled in 1961.
Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Restyled by Cudahy Auto Body, the build was started in 1960 and completed in 1961.
Bob Croatti's 1959 Ford Thunderbird of Milford, Connecticut. Bob's Thunderbird was restyled by Bernardo Auto Body. The build was completed in 1961, and it made its debut at the 1961 Hartford Autorama.
The 11th annual Hartford Autorama was held February 22-26, 1961 at the Connecticut State Armory in Hartford, Connecticut.
The 2nd annual Tridents Rod and Custo-Rama was held November 16-23, 1961 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

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Ed Sloan sold his 1953 Plymouth in 1961.

Clayton Jensen sold Valley Customs to Carl Morton in 1961.


Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1961

Norman Kopp's 1932 Chevrolet Coupe


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed in 1961

Dan Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Century Convertible - Raven
Gary Overby's 1940 Chevrolet Coupe
Gary Overby's 1949 Ford
Ken Bausert's 1950 Mercury Convertible
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette The X-Sonic
Jim and George Bernardo's 1957 Plymouth Convertible
Doug Osterman's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Bob Croatti's 1959 Ford Thundrbird
Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner - The Adonis


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of 1961

Grand Rapids Rod & Custom Show
Hartford Autorama
Tridents Rod and Custo-Rama





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