1955

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This version of Paul Sylva's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster was flamed and pinstriped by Von Dutch in 1955.
Bruce Olson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Beach, North Dakota. The first version of Bruce's coupe was completed in 1955. In 1962 Bruce and his family moved to Fremont, California, bringing the coupe along. Bruce kept on to the car until he passed away in 1990, continuously upgrading the look of the car a little.
Tommy Sanders' 1939 Ford 4-door Phaeton - The Red Bird
John Sak's Second 1941 Ford Convertible was restyled in Syracuse, New York in 1955.
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible of Detroit, Michigan. The build was started in 1954 and completed in 1955. After the build was completed, Jay moved to California, attending the Art Center Design School. He sold the car in California in the latter part of the 1950s. Jay went on to become head designer at Ford Motor Company where he is credited for the Taurus and the Sable.
This version of Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline made its public debut at the 1955 National Roadster Show in Oakland.
George Contaoi's 1949 Oldsmobile fastback of San Bernardino, California. George was a member of the San Bernardino Krankers, and the Olds was restyled in 1955.
Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible of Oakland, California was restyled by Emory Robinson's Custom Shop in 1955. Painted in a green iridescent lacquer by Mel Pinoli's Body and Paint Shop, Ted's Chevrolet is known as the first car ever to receive a Candy paint job.
Norman Brown's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline of Bickleton, Washington. The build was started in 1952 and completed in 1955. In 1965 Norman sold the car to Bob MIkkelsen. Bob still owned it in 2017.
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.
Herb Conway's 1954 Mercury of Lynwood, California. Herb bought the Merc in December of 1954. He had Kinch's Body Shop paint it, before Earl Harman and Dean Jeffries pinstriped it.
The Shifters of Pontiac auto club was founded in 1955. The club is one of seven clubs that made up the Michigan Hot Rod Association. Photo courtesy of Bill Bryan.


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1955 was a quite a year. In 1954 Chevrolet introduced its brand new V8 engine for its 1955 Chevrolet. In May, legendary racer Bill Vukovich was killed at the Indy 500, later on, September 30, 1955, James Dean was killed in a car crash.


1955 was the year Norm Grabowski began building The Lightning Bug, and it was also the year the first Portland Roadster Show was held.


Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1955

Bruce Olson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe


Streamliner built or Completed in 1955

Ed Pardue's Streamliner - The Apache


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed In 1955

Donald J. Hyland's 1939 Ford Coupe
Tommy Sanders' 1939 Ford 4-door Phaeton - The Red Bird
Frank Monteleone's 1941 Ford
John Sak's Second 1941 Ford Convertible
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
George Contaoi's 1947 Mercury Coupe
Frank Livingston's 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline
George Contaoi's 1949 Oldsmobile Fastback
Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible
Tad Hirai's 1950 Ford Coupe - The Del Mar
Buddy Alcorn's 1950 Mercury
Norman Brown's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Tony "Poncho" Rizzio's 1951 Chevrolet - Earth Angel
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible - Pharaoh's Pacer
Herb Conway's 1954 Mercury
Bob Palmer's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Golden Bird


Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs Founded in 1955

Avenue Angels of East Rocakway
Shifters of Pontiac


Car Shows Held in 1955

February:
Hartford Autorama






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