Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler
1960 Chrysler New Yorker owned by Peder Behr of Sweden. Peder dropped his New Yorker off at Forsberg Motorcars in Huntington Beach around 1996, with the instructions that he wanted Klas Forsberg to chop it. "Hönsa Leif" was working for Klas at that time, and he got the ball rolling by installing lowering blocks and adjusting the front down. Leif was also able to get the car running. Klas prefers cars and trucks that are chopped just enough to enhance the factory lines and make them look the way the designer originally intended it, so Peder's New Yorker was chopped 2.5 inches by "Hönsa Leif". Christer Jacobsson, under instructions from Ulf "Wolf" Christiansson, did all the body "clean up", filling holes and more. Christer did also move up the driveshaft tunnel. Klas cast the front windshield templates and adjusted and made some of the stainless steel trim. Klas also made sure that all the electric windows worked etc. Conny Östlund extended the rear fins and performed all lead work. Peder finished the car himself when he got it back to Sweden. The build was completed in 1998.
Sold at the 48th Annual Scottsdale Collector Car Auction
January 12-20, 2019 Behr's Chrysler was advertised for sale at the 48th annual Barret-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to the auction listing, the car was custom-built around 25 years ago in California. The car sold for USD 45,000.00 onsite.
Happy Birthday Clay
Harold Clay of Enid, Oklahoma saw the car at Barret-Jackson and fell in love with it. Clay had to leave the auction early as he had a car on display at the Grand National Roadster Show. His best friend, who was with him, actually bought the car, hid it till Clay's birthday in April, and gave it to him for a 60th birthday gift. In 2019, George Gordon, an employee of Harold told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that he very seldom has seen Clay at a loss for words, "but he was that day!" Clay has been in the auto collision business since he was 18, and he owns Clay's Collision and Harold's Hot Rod Shop in Enid. Harold builds cars at his shop, and he appreciates the work that went into the Chrysler; "Plans are to not change the basic overall concept and look of the car but to update suspension, install air conditioning, and make it a more modern driver. The car has found a good home," George assured Sondre.
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