In 1935, the first non-folding padded, smooth lined "Carson Top" was built by Carson Top Shop employee Glen Houser. The top was built for a 1930 Ford Model A Convertible. The design's popularity quickly grew and the Carson Top Shop became very busy making Carson Tops for countless customs and hot rods.
Metallic enamels became available in 1935. That was according to George Barris the medium used on most of the early customs. The colors were simple. Maroon was the most popular, but green and blue were also used.
- [Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50's Volume 4]
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