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Keystone Auto Parts of Toledo, Ohio. Started by Abe Leibovitz during the Depression in the 1930s, this used auto parts yard was the place Harry Markiecki and other Toledo hot rodders bought their parts in the 1950s.
Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury Convertible of Lynwood, California. Restyled around 1955 - 1956, Jeffries dressed the Merc up with murals, flames and pinstriping. In 1957 he sold it to Pharaohs of Toledo car club member Jerry Halak of Toledo, Ohio.
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible of Toledo, Ohio. Restyled by Clarkaiser Custom Shop, the first version of the car, named "Pharaoh's Pacer," was completed in 1955. Larry was a Roman Catholic priest who later became a monsignor. Owning a radical and famous custom car put him at some odds with senior members of the church, so he showed the car under the fake name Grant Macklin.
Jerry Halak's 1958 Ford Convertible of Toledo, Ohio. Jerry was a founding member of the Pharaohs of Toledo car club. Restyled in 1958, it only took 42 days and $500 to transform Jerry's convertible into a nice custom.
Wayne Knudsen's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Toledo, Ohio. The chopped and channeled coupe is believed to have been built by Knudsen in the mid-late 1950s. It was later acquired by Warren Bookman, the organizer of the Toledo Auto Rama. Under Bookman's ownership, the car was prominently showcased at the Auto Rama, drawing significant attention and acclaim from attendees and automobile enthusiasts.
Sonny Kahal's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan. Sonny showed the car at the Detroit Autorama in the mid-1950s. Back then, it featured a chopped top, a 1951 Oldsmobile engine, and bobbed fenders. Herb Derose of Toledo, Ohio purchased the car from Sonny in the mid-1960s.
The Toledo Mystery T. Ford Model T Bucket built by a fellow named Gary. Around 1970 Gary worked as a parts puller at Keystone Auto Parts in Toledo. Do you recognize it?

Hot Rods of Toledo, Ohio

Sonny Kahal's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan
Wayne Knudsen's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Custom Cars of Toledo, Ohio

Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury Convertible
John Cassaubon's 1950 Ford Club Coupe
Dick Schneider's 1950 Mercury
Larry Ernst's 1951 Chevrolet - The Bel Air Royal
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible - Pharaoh's Pacer
David Shugarman's 1956 Chevrolet
Jerry Halak's 1958 Ford Convertible

Upholstery Shops in Toledo, Ohio

Cliff's Upholstery

Car Clubs of Toledo, Ohio

Cluster Busters of Toledo

Citizens of Toledo, Ohio

David Shugarman
Dick Schneider
Garry Roberts
Herb Derose
Jerry Halak
John Cassaubon
Larry Ernst
Larry Nadrasik
Wayne Knudsen


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