Trend Book 143 Restyle Your Car

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Trend Book 143 Restyle Your Car
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker of Gardena, California was restyled by Barris Kustoms. The build was completed late in 1952.
Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster of Bettendorf, Iowa. Known as the "Black Flame", ack's intent was to build and market a low scale production custom car for wealthy people, like the Kurtis Cad and the Muntz of the same time. The build was started in 1953 and completed in 1956. It was restyled by Dunshee's Body Shop.
A second iteration of Pete Brock's 1946 Ford Convertible of Menlo Park, California. While studying as an automotive designer at the Art Center Design School of Los Angeles, Pete started sketching new ideas for the Ford. He brought the custom to Norm's Auto Body to have the ideas carried out in metal. According to Peter, "It’s interesting to note that Briggs Cunningham was the first to use these "racing stripes" which I added to my car in honor of his participation as an American at Le Mans. I later used those stripes in designing the livery for the Mustang GT350s we built at Shelby American starting in 1965." Known as the "Fordillac", this photo shows the car as it appeared when it was featured in Car Craft June 1956.
Earl Bruce's 1940 Ford Three-Window Coupe
Danny Lares' 1941 Ford Coupe, of Wilmington, California was restyled by Barris Kustoms for Jesse Lopez.
Harry Hoskin's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air of Maricopa, California. Restyled by Barris Kustoms, the car went trough several iterations. The first version was completed in 1955.
Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air of Norwalk, California. Henry was a member of the Rogues of Long Beach car club, and his Chevrolet was restyled several times in the 1950s and 1960s. Branson's Custom Shop was responsible for many of the modifications on the car.

Trend Book 143 Restyle Your Car is a book by George Barris and Jim Potter. The book was published in 1957.

Contents and Featured Cars

Lyle Lake's 1952 Buick Riviera - The Blue Danube
Hersh Conway's 1949 Ford
Tad Hirai's 1950 Ford
Dan Landon's 1949 Chevrolet
Tommy Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker Champion Convertible
Ina Mae Overman's 1952 Lincoln Capri
Buster Litton's 1949 Ford
Ron Dunn's 1950 Ford
Tommy Inouye's 1950 Ford
Jack Bertlow's 1949 Ford
Paul Richards' 1949 Ford
Dick Mesa's 1949 Ford
Don Cattani's 1950 Ford
John Richards' 1949 Ford
Bob Metz' 1950 Buick - XM105
Alan Reason's 1950 Ford
John W. Britton's 1949 Ford
Frank Monteleone's 1956 Ford
Gary Saunders' 1956 Ford Victoria
T. A. Neal's 1956 Buick
Sherry Kirkoff's 1956 Chrysler
R. M. Weber's 1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
John Puzeira's 1950 Hudson
J. W. Earnshaw, Jr's 1948 Dodge
Ronnie Smith's 1952 Plymouth
Bob Lowe's 1951 Plymouth
John Chavez' 1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe
Charles Mendz' 1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe
Ed Levinsky's 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe
Joe Gruppie's 1953 Oldsmobile
Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet
Larry Lee's 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air
Mando's 1950 Chevrolet
Howard Buysman's 1950 Chevrolet
Jim Finley's 1949 Chevrolet
Bruce Firpo's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
Gary Musselwhite's 1953 Chevrolet
Glenn Springer's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
Tony Tellez' 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Tom Brimer's 1949 Chevrolet
Louie Gaulrapp's 1954 Chevrolet
Bill Tillen's 1954 Chevrolet
Richard Relph's 1953 Chevrolet
Norman C. Nelson's 1951 Chevrolet
Joe Bird's 1950 Chevrolet
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker
Milton J. Antonick's 1953 Studebaker
Bob Zoll's 1953 Mercury
Russel Martin's 1953 Studebaker
Buck Gallegos' 1953 Mercury
Larry Martin's 1954 Mercury Monterey
Johnny Rosier's 1953 Mercury
Steve Berg's 1952 Mercury
Bob Feldner's 1950 Mercury
Bill Cicerone's 1950 Mercury
Danny Purinton's 1956 Mercury Monterey
Zeno Stephens' 1955 Mercury Montclair
Bob Mennealy's 1955 Mercury
George Mitobe's 1955 Mercury
Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster - The Black Flame
Paul Lehrbass' 1952 Pontiac Catalina
Ed Larsen's Custom
Liberace's 1954 Cadillac
Debra Paget's 1955 Cadillac
Woodwill Wildfire
The High School Confidential 1948 Chevrolets
Bob Hirohata's 1951 Mercury
The Lightning Bug
Harold Ohanesian's 1940 Mercury
Bob Baker's 1946 Ford
Tony Frenn's 1947 Ford Convertible
Jimmy Salmon's 1947 Ford Club Coupe
Peter Brock's 1946 Ford Convertible - The Fordillac
Anne De Valle's 1942 Ford
Tom Harker's 1940 Ford
Earl Bruce's 1940 Ford
Dan Lares' 1941 Ford
Paul Janich's 1941 Ford Business Coupe
John Logg's 1947 Mercury Coupe
Don Vaughn's 1947 Buick
Herb Ogden's 1941 Buick
Bobbie Nessur's 1952 Ford
Evelyn Wright's 1953 Ford
Roger Miller's 1953 Ford
Pete Angress' 1952 Ford
Bobby Rodriguez' 1954 Ford
Frank and Charles Gilardone's 1953 Ford
Marcel Lassale's 1952 Ford
Gilbert Cruz' 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Fred Markley's 1956 Chevrolet
Jerry Feigner's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Carol Lewis' 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Eric Bracher's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Jimmy Walker's 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Bud McNair's 1955 Chevrolet 210
Sam Barris' 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
Ed Hoban's 1956 Chevrolet
Bob Baker's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Harry Hoskin's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
George Long's 1955 Chevrolet
Ronnie Reishert's 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Perry Gardner's 1955 Chevrolet
Phil White's 1956 Chevrolet
Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Lee Rockwell's 1949 Ford
Dean Jeffries 1948 Mercury
The Golden Sahara


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