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Joe Brienza's 1929 Ford Model A Coupe of West Islip, New York was built in 1954. The top on Joe's coupe was chopped 4 inches.
Chris Casny's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe, of Hollywood, California was completed in 2010. The top on Chris' top was chopped 4".
Jim Papworth's 1932 Ford Roadster of Culver City, California. Jim was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers, and the roadster, that he bought in 1947, was his first car.
Bruce Olson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Beach, North Dakota. The first version of Bruce's coupe was completed in 1955. This version was unchopped. Later on, Bruce took 2.5 inches out of the roof.
Conrad W. Jacobs' 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Baltimore, Maryland was built around 1956-1958. The top on Conrad's coupe was chopped 3 inches.
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe of Stockholm, Sweden. Sven started the build, known as the Glowing Coupe, in 1961. The first version was shown in 1965, featuring a 5 inch top chop.
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible of West Islip, New York was completed in 1958. The top on Joe's convertible was chopped 4 1/2 inches.
Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster of Washington, D.C. Ray's roadster was restyled by Bud Unger, and the build was completed around 1947/1948, featuring a chopped top.
The top on Don Brady's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe, of San Francisco, California was chopped 3 inches.
Allan Winward's 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Salt Lake City, Utah. Built by Kipp, the build, known as "Miss Scarlet," was started in 2010 and completed in January of 2016. When Kipp chopped the top on the '36 he took 3 inches out of the A-pillars. The back of the roof was moved forward 3 inches before Kipp chopped it somewhere between 3.25 and 3.5 inches.
Ed Pink's 1936 Ford 5-Window coupe of Los Angeles, California. In 1949 Ed chopped the top on the Ford 5 inches and converted it into a dry lakes racer. He joined the Rusetta Timing Association, and became a member of the Coupes club.
George Barris' 1936 Ford Coupe of Roseville, California. This was George's first real custom. He bought the car from money he had earned while doing some odd jobs for Harry Westergard at Brown's Body Shop. George worked at the car between the staggering amount of school work, and working with Westergard. The build was completed in 1941, featuring a chopped top.
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe of Las Vegas, Nevada. The build was started in 1947, and completed it in 1951. Glenn chopped the top 4 inches up front, and 4 1/2 inches in the rear.
Bill Pearce's 1939 Ford Convertible of Hacienda Heights, California. Bill's Ford was restyled in the late 1940s or early 1950s. During the restyling the top was chopped.
Bob Calahan's 1939 Ford convertible sedan of Culver City, California. Bob's convertible sedan was chopped and fit with a padded top.
Clarence Patterson's 1939 Ford convertible of Glen Allen, Virginia. Built by Glen, the build was started in 1948 and completed in 1951. The car was chopped and fit with a padded top.
Harry Keiichi Nishiyama's 1939 Ford convertible of Hilo, Hawaii. Harry's chopped and channeled Ford was built in 1949. The top was supposedly chopped 3 1/2 inches.
Eddie Dominguez' 1939 Mercury convertible of El Paso, Texas. Eddie bought the already customized Mercury from a local kid in 1960. When he got it, the top was chopped about 2 inches.
Fred Crellar's 1940 Chevrolet convertible of Concord, California. The build was started in 1948, and completed around 1951-1952. The top on Fred's Chevrolet was chopped approximately 2 1/2 inches.
Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford coupe of Jersey City, New Jersey. Nick worked for his dad at De Simon Auto Body, and he was a very talented body man and fabricator. The build was completed around 1957.
Bob Creasman's 1940 Ford coupe was chopped 4 inches . Bob began restyling the car late in 1943, making it the first 1940 Ford coupe to be channeled, and the second to be chopped in the Los Angeles area. The work was done in conjunction with the Brand Brothers Body Shop in Los Angeles. In 1948 the car received fadeaway fenders.
Paul McGill's 1940 Ford Convertible was restyled by Clusters of Grays Harbor member Paul McGill, of Aberdeen, Washington, in the early 1950s. The windshield frame on Paul's Ford was chopped 5 inches.
Fred Cain's 1940 Ford coupe of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Fred's coupe was originally restyled in 1948, receiving a top chop and a channeling.
Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury convertible of Hollywood, California. The build was completed in 1946, featuring a 2 inch top chop.
Al Andril's 1940 Mercury Coupe of Maywood, California. Al's Merc was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1948, featuring a 5 1/2 chop.
Johnny Zaro's 1940 Mercury Coupe of Maywood, California. Johnny's Merc was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1948, featuring a 5 1/2 inch chop.
Kevan Sledge's 1940 Mercury coupe of Martinez, California. Restyled by Kevan, the build was started in 2002 and completed in 2014. The top on Kevan's Merc was chopped 6 inches at the a-pillars, and 7 inches at the c-pillars.
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1948. The windshield frame on John's convertible was chopped 4 1/2 inches.
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker of Gardena, California was restyled by Barris Kustoms. The build was completed late in 1952. The top was chopped 4 inches.
Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster of Bettendorf, Iowa. Known as the "Black Flame", ack's intent was to build and market a low scale production custom car for wealthy people, like the Kurtis Cad and the Muntz of the same time. The build was started in 1953 and completed in 1956. It was restyled by Dunshee's Body Shop, who chopped the top 4 inches.
Jim and George Bernardo's 1948 GMC Pickup of Milford, Connecticut. Jim and George ran Bernardo Auto Body in Milford, and the truck acted as rolling advertisement and parts hauler for the shop. The build was completed around 1958 - 1959, featuring a 5 inch chop.
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury convertible of San Jose, California. Lloyd was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club. The Merc was completed in 1959, featuring a chopped and padded top.
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette, restyled by Sam Barris of Barris Kustoms, was completed in 1953. The car was chopped three and a half inches up front. The rear of the car and the top was sectioned 5 inches.
Erik Lind's 1950 Chevrolet of Livermore, California was chopped 3 inches up front and 4 inches in the rear. The build was completed in 2013.
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup of Sacramento, California. Restyled by Richard at Rick's Body Shop, the build was started in 1958 and completed early in 1959. It featured a 5 inch chopped top. The car was shown as "the Capri."
Ralph Tyrone Scarfo's 1950 Oldsmobile 88 hardtop of North Bergen, New Jersey. Ralph's Olds was supposedly restyled in San Diego in the mid 1960s. The top was chopped 2 inches.
Phil Macchiarella's 1950 Plymouth four-door of Santa Clara, California was chopped 7 inches. The first version of the car was completed around 1955/1956.
Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury Convertible, of Los Angeles, California was restyled by Barris Kustoms. The build was completed in 1953 featuring a 4 inch chop. A second version of the Merc, restyled in 1954 was featured in the movie Running Wild along with Bob Hirohata's 1951 Mercury.
Ron Fagundes' 1952 Ford Victoria of Napa, California. Ron's Ford, known as The Ronbardue Kart, was restyled by Barris Kustoms, A-1 Body Work, Hall's Top Shop and Andy Southard. At Barris Kustoms the car was fit with a 5 inch chopped 1954 Mercury top. The build was completed in 1958.
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible of Toledo, Ohio. Restyled by Clarkaiser Custom Shop, the first version of the car, named "Pharaoh's Pacer", was completed in 1955. Larry was a Roman Catholic priest who later became a monsignor. Owning a radical and famous custom car put him at some odds with senior members of the church, so he showed the car under the fake name Grant Macklin. The top on Larry's Ford was chopped 6 inches.
The second version of John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster, of East Hartford, Connecticut, was chopped 3 inches. The build was started around 1960 and completed in 1978 by later owner Red McCormick.
Bill Layman's 1954 Mercury of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Inspiration for the build came from Dick Jackson's 1954 Mercury. Bill's Merc was completed in 2005 featuring a 2 3/4" chopped top].
Scott Roberts' 1954 Mercury of Moorpark, California. The build was completed in January of 2016, just in time for the Grand National Roadster Show. The top on Scott's Merc was chopped 3 inches.
Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet of Columbia, Connecticut. The car was supposedly restyled in 1958, but the original owner and builder are unknown. Barry bought the old custom from Red McCormick of East Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1980s. He restored and restyled it further before he sold it in 1984. The top on Barry's Chevrolet was chopped 3 1/2 inches before Red bought it.
George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet truck, the Kopper Kart, was built as a promotion vehicle for Barris Kustoms of Lynwood, California. The build was completed in 1957, featuring a 4" top chop.
Vic Collins' 1955 Chevrolet truck of Rahway, New Jersey. Vic's truck is a clone of George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet truck, the Kopper Kart. Restyled by Customs by Flash and John Maurice, the build was started in 1999, and completed in 2008. John chopped the top on the truck 4 inches.
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk of Waterbury, Connecticut was restyled by John at his Valley Auto Body in 1959. The top on John's Studebaker was chopped 5 inches.
Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler New Yorker of Sweden. The build was started at Forsberg Motorcars in Huntington Beach, California in 1996, and completed by Peder in Sweden in 1998. The top on Peder's New Yorker was chopped 2.5 inches.
Richard Zocchi's Second 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix was restyled by Lucky 7 Custom for Richard Zocchi of Walnut Creek, California. The car was built as a chopped clone of a 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix that Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop restyled for Zocchi in 1962. The build was completed in 2002 featuring a 3 inch top chop.
Dave Stuckey's 1965 Pontiac Catalina of Wichita, Kansas was restyled in 1969. The car was Dave's personal driver, and it was chopped 3 inches.


Chop - to lower the top by removing a section from the window posts and winshield.


Chopped Cars

Joe Brienza's 1929 Ford Model A Coupe
Chris Casny's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe
Bruce Olson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Conrad W. Jacobs' 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Jim Papworth's 1932 Ford Roadster
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe - The Glowing Coupe
Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible - The Brienza Special
Allan Winward's 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe - "Miss Scarlet"
Don Brady's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Ed Pink's 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
George Barris' 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe
Bill Pearce's 1939 Ford Convertible
Bob Calahan's 1939 Ford Convertible Sedan
Clarence Patterson's 1939 Ford Convertible
Harry Keiichi Nishiyama's 1939 Ford Convertible
Eddie Dominguez' 1939 Mercury Convertible
Fred Crellar's 1940 Chevrolet Convertible
Bob Creasman's 1940 Ford Coupe
Fred Cain's 1940 Ford Coupe
Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford Coupe
Paul McGill's 1940 Ford Convertible
Ted Graziano's 1940 Ford Sport Custom
Al Andril's 1940 Mercury Coupe
Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury Convertible
Johnny Zaro's 1940 Mercury Coupe
Kevan Sledge's 1940 Mercury Coupe
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker
Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster - The Black Flame
Jim and George Bernardo's 1948 GMC Pickup
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury Convertible
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette
Erik Lind's 1950 Chevrolet
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup - The Capri
Ralph Tyrone Scarfo's 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Hardtop
Phil Macchiarella's 1950 Plymouth Four-Door
Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury Convertible
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible - Pharaoh's Pacer
Ron Fagundes' 1952 Ford Victoria - The Ronbardue Kart
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster
Bill Layman's 1954 Mercury
Scott Roberts' 1954 Mercury
Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet
George Barris' 1955 Chevrolet Truck - The Kopper Kart
Vic Collins' 1955 Chevrolet Truck - The Kopper Kart Klone
John Hychko's 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk - The Polynesian
Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler New Yorker
Richard Zocchi's Second 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
Dave Stuckey's 1965 Pontiac Catalina



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