Competition Body Shop

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Manuel Gonzalez's 1940 Ford Coupe of Wilmington, California. Gonzalez was a member of the Pharaohs of Wilmington car club, and in 1956 his coupe received a flame paint job by Von Dutch. The job was most likely done at "The Crazy Arab's" Competition Body Works in Los Angeles, where Von Dutch moved his operation in 1956.
Jerry Malouf's 1954 Mercury Hardtop, of California was restyled by Competition Body Shop in 1956.

The Competition Body Shop was located in Hollywood, California. It was run and operated by George "The Crazy Arab" Ashie. The shop was originally located on Beverly Boulevard, but was later moved to Sunset Boulevard. In 1955 Von Dutch went to work for the Arab. In the late 1950s George died of cancer, and Dick Betts and Don Miller took over the shop and moved it to the valley. At that point the shop was on Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The shop closed in 1961.[1]

Cars Painted, Pinstriped or Restyled by Competition Body Shop

Manuel Gonzalez's 1940 Ford Coupe
Harry Hanford's 1954 Lotus
Jerry Malouf's 1954 Mercury Hardtop



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