The Brad Masterson Collection

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Terry Browning's 1958 Ford Ranchero of Neptune City, New Jersey. Terry was a member of the Haulin' Gents car club, and his Ranchero is known as "The Ruby Ranch." Photo by George Barris, courtesy of Brad Masterson.
Mom's Dream Car! In the official program for the 1955 Motorama, Sam Barris' 1952 Ford convertible was listed as "Mom's Dream Car." It featured a full padded safety interior, 5 impact safety belts, a baby bottle warmer on the dash, and a diaper bag dispenser behind the front seat. Developed in 1975, this photo shows Sam's wife with the car in front of the Pan Pacific Auditorium. 15 years old David Target took the photo during his first trip to California. The Von Dutch painted Barris Kustoms' 1949 Ford Woody Wagon parts hauler can also be spotted in the photo. Photo by David Target, courtesy of Brad Masterson.
A letter that David Target sent George Barris in 1975. The photo above was enclosed with the letter. Scan courtesy of Brad Masterson.
A birds eye view of Sam Barris' 1952 Ford convertible. Sam built the car for his family's use, and it became known as the Practical Ford. Photo by George Barris, courtesy of Brad Masterson.
This is a clean looking 1938 Ford DeLuxe. From the photo, we can see that it has been shaved for side trim, hood ornament is gone, dual spotlights, reshaped hood, 1940 Ford headlights, fog lights, removed running boards, and smooth hubcaps. The photo is taken after 1947, the 1947 Ford bumpers reveals that. This is a great example of a sharp 1940s custom.
George Barris sent this photo to his brother Sam Barris which served in the Navy during WWII. As you can see, he's all dressed up in his 1936 Ford Convertible. The writing on the back of the photo says; Here is that rascal of a brother of yours. But God bless him for he is all right. Photo from the George Barris collection, courtesy of Brad Masterson - Masterson Kustoms.
A slightly different angle, showing, a nice mild 1951 Ford and Sal Mammano's 1954 Buick. Photo by George Barris, courtesy of Brad Masterson - Masterson Kustoms.
A photo of a nice and subtle 1941 Pontiac with a Carson top that George Barris took in the 1940s. Photo by George Barris, courtesy of Brad Masterson - Masterson Kustoms.
The order for Albert Gogola's 1953 Ford. Albert was stationed aboard the USS Saint Paul when Barris restyled his Ford. Courtesy of Brad Masterson - Masterson Kustoms.

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Brad Masterson of Masterson Kustoms is the caretaker of the old Barris Kustoms premise at 11070 Atlantic Ave. When Brad first moved to Los Angeles from Sacramento in 2001, he went working for George Barris in North Hollywood. At that time, George did a major clean up, throwing out tons of material from his shop. Luckily for history's sake, Brad jumped in the dumpster, picking out what was worth saving. He lived in a small apartment at the time, and did not have space for all of it. Olav Kvipt of the Kustomrama Lynwood Division was for a while residing in his shop on Atlantic Ave. in Lynwood, and had access to all of his files.[1]


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