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.
Jacques Bechard's 1932 Ford Roadster of Montreal, Canada. The build was started in 1958. This photo shows the car as it appeared circa 1961.
Ron Price's 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe of San Jose, California. Built in the early 1960s, the car made its debut in 1961, at the Grand National Roadster Show.
Augustus Eberman's 1941 Chevrolet Coupe of Geneva, Wisconsin. The build was completed circa 1961, and it is believed to be designed by Brooks Stevens.
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.
Lloyd C. Hammond's 1949 Ford of San Bernardino, California. Lloyd was a member of the San Bernardino Krankers and his car was known as "The Majestic Lady." The first iteration of his Ford was completed circa 1958. Circa 1961 the car received canted quad headlights from a 1959 Chevrolet.
The first incarnation of Ken Bausert's 1950 Mercury Convertible was completed in the summer of 1961.
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet "X-Sonic" Corvette of Rialto, California. By May of 1961 the car had received a futuristic bubble top. In 1960, the year the Predicta won “The Car of the Future Award”, an earlier iteration of the X-Sonic was shown at the National Roadster Show. After the show, Ron and his good friend Ed Roth decided that they wanted to build “Feature” cars and get paid to show them, not just win trophies. Ron had already installed hydraulic lifts on the Corvette, and now he wanted to go futuristic, replacing the stock top with a plastic bubble top.
Ed Roth's Beatnik Bandit of Bell, California. The Beatnik Bandit was Ed Roth’s first bubble top show rod. In 1960 Ed and Darryl Starbird toured together. Starbird had the Predicta, and Ed had the Outlaw. Starbird remembered that they often discussed building bubble top cars, and Starbird told him about how they made the top for the Predicta. Built by Roth and Dirty Doug Kinney, the Beatnik Bandit was Roth’s second fiberglass build. The body was sculptured over a shortened 1950 Oldsmobile chassis, and it featured a blown and chromed Oldmosbile engine. The build was completed in 1961, around the same time as Ron Aguirre’s X-Sonic.
Bill Schott's 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 of Portland, Oregon. Bill was a member of The Kings of Portland car club, and his Fairlane was mildly restyled by Von Hunter in 1961.
Ron Volpe's 1957 Ford Convertible of La Salle, Illinois. Ron was a member of the Illinois Valley Mis-Fires. Between the years 1960 and 1963, he took the car through five different stages. This photo shows a mild iteration of the car as it appeared circa 1961. By then, the car had received quad headlights.
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.
Keith Christensen's 1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery of Norwalk, California. Keith and Doug Carney installed hydraulic lifts on the car in 1961. It was also dressed up with a Murano Pearl Yellow paint job by Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style. Keith ran Gene's Mufflers, and the Sedan Delivery was his daily driver.
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.
Tom Von Pertz's 1960 Chevrolet Impala of Lynwood, California. Tom was a member of the Tridents of Southern California, and his Impala featured a bright red paint job with a bright pearl stripe painted by Barris Auto in Lynwood. Barris painted the stripe circa 1961.
Gary Ruddell's 1960 Ford Starliner of Norwalk, California. Gary was the President of the Seagrams of Norwalk car club, and he bought the car and had it restyled circa 1960-1961.
Thanks to the Alexander Brothers, Detroit was never far behind the West Coast when it came to executing the latest custom trends. In fact, when it comes to modifications such as asymmetrical styling, it seems like Mike and Larry Alexander even beat George Barris to the finish line. Mid-September 1961, the Alexander Brothers completed the second iteration of Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner. By then, an already famous custom known as the Adonis. Mike and Larry wanted their creations to be clean and neat, and in an interview with The Rodder's Journal, Mike said that they would often turn customers away because they knew what the customer was asking for wouldn't look right. When it comes to asymmetrical restyling, the Alexander Brothers kept it at a minimum, and modifications were often limited to an off-set hood scoop or an off-set rear license plate. Photo from The Brad Masterson Collection.
The second iteration of Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner, as it appeared after the Alexander Brothers completed it in September of 1961. After touring the car for the 1961 season, Bill and Bud Andersen sat down to plan a new and reworked version. Redoing it was necessary to stay competitive on the show circuit, and being able to get paid for having a featured car. Painted Candy Blue, this version featured radiused wheel wells, shaved fins, and a single asymmetrical scoop in the hood. Known as the Adonis, this is one of the first customs featuring asymmetrical styling. Photo courtesy of George Barris.
The 1961 Plymouth Asimmetrica was the production version of the XNR showcar. 25 cars were supposedly planned for special clients, but only 2 are believed to actually have been built. Photo by Josh Bryan, courtesy of RM Auctions.
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
Ron Price's 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed in 1961

Gary Overby's 1940 Chevrolet Coupe
Dan Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Century Convertible - Raven
Augustus Eberman's 1941 Chevrolet Coupe
Gary Overby's 1949 Ford
Ken Bausert's 1950 Mercury Convertible
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette The X-Sonic
Bill Schott's 1957 Ford Fairlane 500
Jim and George Bernardo's 1957 Plymouth Convertible
Ron Volpe's 1957 Ford Convertible - Red Robin II
Doug Osterman's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Keith Christensen's 1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
Bob Croatti's 1959 Ford Thundrbird
Tom Von Pertz's 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner - The Adonis


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of 1961

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




 

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