Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford

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The Victorian as it looked after it had been painted white. Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
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A Candy red version of the Victorian was showed at the 1963 Portland Roadster Show. This version was owned by Buddy Parazoo of Portland.
Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
By June of 1963 pearl white trim had been added to the body to repair chipped areas. Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
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The Alexander Brothers reunited with the Victorian. Photo courtesy of Transforming the Pickle.
Photo courtesy of Transforming the Pickle.

1955 Ford Crown Victoria restyled by the Alexander Brothers for Sy Gregorich of Detroit, Michigan. It took Mike and Larry Alexander two years to turn the car into show winning custom car. Mike and Larry formed new front and rear panels out of 1953 Studebaker shells. The front bumper was a narrowed 1959 Chevrolet unit. Chromed mesh filled both cavities on the car. The front headlights came from a 1955 Oldsmobile, and the taillights were 1955 Mercury units. The hood was rounded and peaked. The exhausts were routed through custom shrouds below the doors. Inside, the interior was done in red and white pleated Naugahyde.


Once completed in 1959 the car was painted black. By April 1960 the car had been painted white with scallops. Mike and Larry redid the Victorian three times for Sy. The Victorian was the first car ever to wear an Alexander Brothers' Trademark Badge.


In 1963 a Candy Wild Cherry version of the Victorian was shown at the Portland Roadster Show, by then it was owned by Buddy Parazoo of Portland, Oregon. By June of 1963 pearl white trim was added to the body to repair chipped areas.[1]


Dick Page spotted the remains of the car in the lot at a Portland swap meet. It was totally trashed in crude primer, filthy and stripped.[1]


Magazine Features and Appearances

Customs Illustrated September 1959
Custom Cars August 1960
Rodding and Re-styling August 1960
Rodding and Re-styling January 1961
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual
Trend Book 205 Restyle Your Car
Speed and Custom February 1962
Customs Illustrated November 1962


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