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Joe Tully's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe of Dixon, Illinois. Tully was a member of the Blackhawk Rod and Custom club. He built the coupe in the 1950s, and the iteration seen here was raced at the The World Series of Drag Racing in Lawrence, Illinois in 1956.
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-window coupe of San Diego, California was completed in 1951. Joaquin sold the coupe to Andy Granatelli of Chicago, Illinois shortly after it was completed.
Jim Tepstra of Roselle, Illinois bought Bob Benn's 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe after Bob was killed in a car accident.
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible of Berwyn, Illinois. Rich was a member of the Bearing Busters of Berwyn, and the other members in the club helped him build the car. The first version was completed in 1959. In 1960 fellow club member Dave Puhl gave the car a scallop paint job. This version of the car was named the Beach Comber.
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 1960.
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.
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 an iteration of the car that debuted in 1962.
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 the fifth and most radical iteration of the car that was restyled in 1963. By then, the car had received an asymmetrical scoop on the hood, radiused wheel wells, and a fogged paint job.
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe of Las Vegas, Nevada. The build was started in 1947, and completed it in 1951. Joe Bortz of Highland Park, Illinois bought the car around 2007.
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1948. John sold the car to Johnny Zaro of Maywood, California before the build was completed. Russ Erlinger of Belleville, Illinois bought the car in 1953.
Paul Champlin's 1941 Ford Convertible, of Russel, Illinois, was restyled by Ray Birky of Antioch.
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford of Cleveland, Ohio was restyled around 1956. Russel Standish of Tinley Park, Illinois bought the car in 1964.
Wally Troy's 1950 Oldsmobile Convertible, the Troy Special, was built in 1952.
Hank Katzenmaler's 1951 Ford Tudor, of Dacatur, Illinois was built by its owner.
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick Convertible, The Troy Custom, was built by Wally Troy of Springfield, Illinois. The build was completed in 1954.
Jim Laughead's 1951 Chevrolet Bel-Air of Chicago, Illinois. Jim's Chevrolet was restyled by Vince Kane Body Shop sometime between 1955 and 1957.
Bernie Mordawski's 1940 Mercury Convertible of Mundelein, Illinois. William Day of New Albany, Indiana bought the channeled custom from Bernie in 1971. Back then he was told that the car was built by Barris in 1956.
Jim Seaton's 1955 Chevrolet of Santa Maria, California. The car was restyled by Barris Kustoms 1957 - 1958. Joe Bortz of Highland Park bought the old custom sometime after 1975.
George Barris' 1963 Buick Riviera of Encino, California. George, who owned and operated Barris Kustom City in North Hollywood, California, designed the car himself. Known as "The Villa Riviera Buick," the build was completed in 1963. In 1964 a white iteration of the car appeared in the popular Surf-movie "For Those Who Think Young." Russell Johnson of Chicago, Illinois bought the car from George in 1983.
Darrel Panfil's Munster Koach is a tribute to the original Munster Koach that Barris Kustoms built for The Munsters television series in 1964. Since he was a 10 yr old kid, Darrel Panfil of Lombard, Illinois watched The Munsters and was infatuated with The Munster Koach. He started researching details in 1991. In 2003 he started the build. With good help from his three brothers, the build was completed in 2005.
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. Dan Tonielli of Ottawa, Illinois bought the car in October of 2016.


Hot Rods of Illinois

Dan Woods' Milk Truck
Darrel Panfil's Munster Koach Tribute Car
Howard Mitchell's 1930 Ford 5-Window Coupe - The Alazane
Joe Tully's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe
Russell Gerrits 1931 Ford Roadster
The Atomic Punk


Custom Cars of Illinois

Bob Benn's 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible
Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe
Don Compton's 1939 Chevrolet Business Coupe
Bernie Mordawski's 1940 Mercury Convertible
Augustus Eberman's 1941 Chevrolet Coupe
Johnny Zaro's 1941 Ford Convertible
Paul Champlin's 1941 Ford
George Jameson's 1942 Plymouth Business Coupe
Larry Grobe's 1946 Ford - The Voodoo Idol
B. H. Martin's 1948 DeSoto
William J. Unger's 1949 Cadillac
Milton Depuy's 1949 Ford
Nick Kolbasuk's 1949 Ford
Gene Howard's 1950 Buick
Jim Galvins' 1950 Ford Tudor
Ed Webster's 1951 Buick Convertible
Hank Katzenmaler's 1951 Ford Tudor
Mandy Holder's 1951 Mercury
Ron Volpe's 1951 Mercury
1952 Spohn Palos
Wally Troy's 1950 Oldsmobile Convertible - The Troy Special
Jim Laughead's 1951 Chevrolet Bel-Air Hardtop
Wally Troy's 1953 Buick - The Troy Custom
Jim Lucenti's 1953 Chevrolet Convertible
Joe McGann's 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Ray Strappazon's 1954 Chevrolet
Jim Seaton's 1955 Chevrolet
Sam Volpe's 1955 Chevrolet
Sam Volpe's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Ron Volpe's 1957 Ford Convertible - Red Robin II
Ritchie Essel's 1957 Oldsmobile Convertible
Ray Strappazon's 1958 Chevrolet Impala - The Wild Cherry
Gene Winfield's 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille - Maybellene
George Barris' 1963 Buick Riviera - The Villa Riviera


Custom Body Shops of Illinois

Derby Custom Shop
Strange Motion Rod & Custom Construction
Vince Kane Body Shop
Voodoo Larry Kustoms
Wally's Garage


Restoration Shops of Illinois

Arrigo Special Metalworks
Vintage Motorsports


Upholstery Shops of Illinois

Potter's Auto Trim
Roun-Tree Upholstery
Temme Top & Trim


Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs of Illinois

Bearing Busters of Berwyn
Knucklebusters of Springfield


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of Illinois

Custom, Sports Car and Hot Rod Show
Hunnert Car Pileup
International Hot Rod Custom Show


People of Illinois

Andy Granatelli
Art Borgeson
B. H. Martin
Bernie Mordawski
Bob Borwansky
Darrel Panfil
Dave Puhl
Don Compton
George Barris
Ed Webster
George Jameson
Hank Katzenmaler
Herb Barenbrook
Howard Mitchell
Jerome Vlk
Jim Galvins
Jim Laughead
Jim Lucenti
Jim Tepstra
Joe Bortz
Joe Tully
Larry Grobe
Larry Tarantolo
Mandy Holder
Nick Kolbasuk
Paul Champlin
Ray Birky
Richard Lacey
Rich Vachata
Ritchie Essel
Ray Strappazon
Ron Volpe
Russell Gerrits
Russell Johnson
Russell Standish
Sam Barris
Sam Volpe
Tim Strange
Wally Troy
Walt Prey
Wayne Graefen
Wilard Kirshbaum
William J. Unger




 

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