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Bill Peterson's 1932 Ford Roadster of Portland, Oregon. The roadster was built by Bill and Dee Wescot in 1955. Once completed, the roadster won the 1956 Portland Roadster Show, becoming the first Sweepstakes Winner of the show.
Larry Watson's 1950 Chevrolet of Bellflower, California. Watson started practicing pinstriping in 1956, at age 16, and he used his first car to practice on.
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet Convertible of Long Beach, California. Santo was a member of the Long Beach Renegades car club, and the first version of his Chevrolet was pinstriped by Larry Watson in his parents' driveway in 1956.
Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air of Lakewood, California. Duane was a member of the Long Beach Renegades car club, and his car was known as The Moonglow. The first iteration of Duane's Moonglow was pinstriped by Larry in his parents' driveway in 1956.
Danny Purinton's 1956 Mercury of Long Beach, California. Danny was a member of the Lakewood Creators car club, and his Mercury was restyled by Ed Schelhaas at Schelhaas Custom Shop. George Newton, Schelhaas' painter, painted the car in a lustrous Bahamas Blue Metallic nitro lacquer. Larry Watson pinstriped the car in imitation Gold July 21, 1956, the night before the third annual Norwalk Motorcade. According to Larry, 22 pinstriped cars were entered in the show. Von Dutch had four, Dean Jeffries had seven, and Larry Watson had eleven.
Bill Smith's 1934 Ford Roadster Custom of Alameda, California. Bill was a member of the Shamrocks of Alameda car club, and he set out to build the roadster in 1955. Built from a retired Tudor Sedan, Bill modified the body by cutting off the roof and moving it down to form the trunk. He completed the build the same year, showing it at the 1956 National Roadster Show. Tommy the Greek pinstriped the car for Bill around 1956 - 1957.
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. Von Dutch did also add additional pinstriping under the headlights and on the deck lid.
In 1956 Von Dutch pinstriped and airbrushed Bill Daniels' 1950 Oldsmobile. Bill was 18 years old when he stopped by to get the car Dutched. It featured louvers in any area available. 200 in the hood, 100 on the deck lid, and on all interior garnish moldings, and Von Dutch told him that anyone crazy enough to have louvers on the trunk deserves flames which he airbrushed. "He also individually striped each louver, and there were hundreds. He didn't want anyone watching, said to go home, come back in 8 hours and guaranteed, you will be happy," Bill told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. "When I first made the appointment, he said to be sure and bring a half-gallon of red wine along with the car." Photo courtesy of Bill Daniels.
Buddy Alcorn's 1950 Mercury was originally restyled by the Ayala Brothers at Gil's Auto Body Works for an undisclosed owner in 1952. Buddy Alcorn of Dominguez, California acquired the car in 1955 and promptly took it to Barris Kustoms for further enhancements. 1957 marked another pivotal moment for the Merc when Buddy traded it for Dick Jackson's 1957 Ford. Jackson, who ran Advanced Custom Paints in Compton, California, infused new life into the Merc with a two-tone paint scheme, pinstriping, dual spotlights, and Oldsmobile Fiesta hubcaps.
Jake Bultsma's 1951 Chevrolet Hardtop of Bellflower, California. Larry Watson scalloped Jake's Chevrolet in his parents' driveway in 1956. A year later, in 1957, Jake brought the Chevy back to Larry to add more pinstriping. By then, Watson had opened up his own shop, Watson's House of Style in North Long Beach.
Jerry Feigner's 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, of Wilmington, California. Jerry was a member of the Cut-Outs of Long Beach car club, and his Chevrolet was known as "Lil Honey Bee." In 1958 Mike Clines gave the car a scallop and pintripe paint job in his father's garage in Long Beach. Mike also added the chrome tape to the top of the car.
Jerry Koller's 1955 Ford of Bellflower, California. Known as the "Doll Buggy," Jerry's Ford featured a scallop paint job by Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style. The car was painted around 1958-59. Watson did also outline the scallops.
Ken O'Neil's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline of New York City, New York. Restyled around 1961, Ken lived in the Richmond Hill neigbourhood in Queens. The Fleetline was dressed up with pinstriping. Photo from The Ken Bausert Photo Collection.
George Jezek's 1949 Chevrolet 2-Door Sedan of West, Texas. Jezek was a local pinstriper and a founding member of the Eliminators of West car club. Known as The Candy Cart, Jezek's Chevrolet went through several modifications during the late 1950s and the 1960s. This photo shows how it appeared in 1962 after Jezek had installed a heavily chromed 283 Chevy engine and removed exterior chrome accessories such as dual spotlights and lakes pipes. By 1962, the only pinstriping that was left on his car were subtle white lines around the bottom of the car and the wheel wells.
Raymond Patricco's 1934 Ford Roadster of Irvington, New Jersey. Patricco didn't build the car, he supposedly bought it in the 1960 or the 1970s. He planned to restore it. That never happened, and it stayed in storage until he passed away in 2018. Rumor has the car was built in the 1950s. Back then it is believed to have run a DuVall Windshield. The car had a panel paint job and pinstriping when Patricco bought it.
Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford of Simi Valley, California. Jim's Ford was restyled in 1969, and it featured a fadeaway paint job by Bill Carter of Carter Pro Paint and pinstriping by Walt Prey.
Tommy O'Connor's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster of Concord, California. In June of 2019 Kyle Martin at Martin Kolor & Style dressed the car up with pinstriped flames.


Bill Pierce
Dean Jeffries
George Jezek
Jerry Drake - Spider the Crazy Painter
Larry Watson
Paul Hatton
Pekka Wizzzard Mannermaa
Von Dutch
Walt Prey

Pinstriped Hot Rods

Tommy O'Connor's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Bill Peterson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Raymond Patricco's 1934 Ford Roadster

Pinstriped Custom Cars

Bill Smith's 1934 Ford Roadster Custom
Manuel Gonzalez's 1940 Ford Coupe
George Jezek's 1949 Chevrolet 2-Door Sedan - The Candy Cart
Ken O'Neil's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline
Larry Watson's 1950 Chevrolet
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet Convertible
Buddy Alcorn's 1950 Mercury
Bill Daniels' 1950 Oldsmobile
Jake Bultsma's 1951 Chevrolet Hardtop
Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet - The Moonglow
Jerry Feigner's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air - Lil Honey Bee
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane - India Ivory
Jerry Koller's 1955 Ford - "Doll Buggy"
Danny Purinton's 1956 Mercury
Russ Edgers' 1957 Ford Convertible
Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford


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