Tom Biles' 1958 Ford Convertible - Perfidia

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A photo of the Perfidia taken by George Barris. Photo by George Barris - Barris Kustoms.
The Perfidia at an indoor car show in the 1960s. Photo from The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection.
Another photo from the same car show. Photo from The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection.
A drawing of the Perfidia that Jeff Burgy drew on textbook book cover in high school in 1962. "Don’t recall if I saw the car live or sketched from a photo or magazine article back then," he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in December of 2023. Photo courtesy of Jeff Burgy.

1958 Ford convertible owned by Tom Biles of Tonawanda, New York. Tom bought the car brand new. In 1960 he drove it to Detroit to have it restyled by the Alexander Brothers. After the Alexander Brothers had restyled the car it became known as "Perfidia."[1]


Tom sold the car in 1962, during his honeymoon.[1]

Phil Durante

The Perfidia is still around, and it is owned by Phil Durrante of Utica, New York. The car is rusted out behind all the lead work, and is very rusty. Phil wanted to fix the car up for the Alexander Brothers gathering at the Detroit Autorama, but since it was too far gone to get done in time he put it back in storage.[2]

Magazine Features and Appearances

Car Craft December 1962
Rodding and Re-styling January 1963



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