Shirley Barris' 1958 Ford
1958 Ford Thunderbird restyled by Barris Kustoms for George Barris' wife Shirley Barris. The body was shaved and a new grille out of chrome mesh backing with small Lucite tubes and gold crackled-painted painted stars which stood 2 inches off the surface of the backing. The grille was designed to fit the stock opening. The stock headlights were replaced by four Lucas Flame-thrower headligts. Dual spotlights and custom hubcaps complete the sparky look.
Teddy Zgrzemski worked for Barris Kustoms when they painted Shirley's Thunderbird. He was 16 in 1960, and in 2020 he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that all he ever was was Junior's helper. "I never did any painting or stuff. I was just the prep guy. I blocked, sanded the cars, taped them off, and got them all ready—stuff like that. Once in a while, George would lay down one side of scallops on a car, and then he would tell me to duplicate it on the other side. Like on Shirley Barris' 58 Thunderbird. I had to duplicate that one. And Chilli Catallo, The Little Deuce Coupe, he laid out one side of the scallops, and I had to duplicate them and do the other side before Junior painted em."
The Thunderbird was used in the 1960 adventure movie The Time Machine along with Bob Metz' 1950 Buick aka XM105. Shirley's Thunderbird won the American Sports Luxury award at the Krankers Motor Revue 1959
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