Ken Vertrees' 1951 Chevrolet

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Ken's car as it looked when it was featured in Honk November 1953. Photo by Les Nehamkin
The same photos were used in Trend Book 116 Custom Cars 1955 Annual. Photo by Les Nehamkin
Photo by Les Nehamkin
Photo by Les Nehamkin
Photo by Les Nehamkin

1951 Chevrolet Convertible restyled by Bill's Body Shop for Ken Vertrees of Anaheim, California. Ken bought the car in November, 1951. Ken sketched out the way he wanted to have the car done before he sent it to Bill's Body Shop. The car got a low racy effect by lowering the car: 5 inches in the rear, 3 inches in the front. The grille opening was reworked, and a 1951 Plymouth grille set in to replace the stock item. The headlights were frenched and the windshield area was given rounder lines by the installation of a curved one-piece Oldsmobile windshield. The rear fenders were replaced by Oldsmobile fenders fitted with Pontiac taillights. Once the bodywork was completed, the car was painted in 27 coats of a special combination of lime, lemon and gold metallic lacquer. The car was fit with a DeVille type white custom top built by Lous Chavez of American Auto Tops in Lynwood, California. Chavez also did the interior in green leather quilted seat covers topped with white leather head sections. Ken's car was powered by the stock powerplant. The car took more then one year and over $3300 to complete.[1] November 10 thru 16, 1952 the car was shown at the 3rd annual Motorama.[2]

Magazine Features

Honk November 1953
Trend Book 116 Custom Cars 1955 Annual



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