Korky's Kustom Shop

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Billy Smith's 1949 Mercury convertible. According to the text on the back of the photo, this was Korky's first chop. He was about 21 when it was completed, making it 1956.
Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford Convertible of Whippany, New Jersey. This was Korky's own car, and he started to restyle it at age 19. The car became known as The Parisienne.
Andy Belusko's 1954 Ford of Whippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky in the mid 1950s.
A 1950 Ford that Korky restyled for an unknown owner in the 1950s. Modifications included a shaved hood, removed door handles, frenched headlights, 1954 Oldsmobile side trim and a 1954 Chevrolet grille bar. Photo from the Richard Korkes Photo Collection.
George Pillion's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible of Whippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky around 1957/1958. The car was known as The Sportsman.
The first version of John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury of Parsippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop in 1957.
Maximilian King's 1940 Mercury convertible of Morristown, New Jersey was first restyled by Meekers Body Shop in 1946. In 1959 Korky's Kustom Shop restyled the car further for current owner Ray Henyon.
The second version of John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury of Parsippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop. The car, named The Mysterian, made its debut February 17, 1960 at the Hartford Autorama.
Korky had four customs at display at the 1960 Hartford Autorama. Two of these, Robert Giblock's 1951 Ford and John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury, made its debut at the show. This is an ad Korky ran in the souvenir program for the show, underneath a presentation of the four cars.

Korky's Kustom Shop of Whippany, New Jersey was owned and operated by Richard "Korky" Korkes. In 1960, Korky's shop was located at 14 Higland Avenue. Korky had four custom cars displayed at the 1960 Hartford Autorama, two of these, Robert Giblock's 1951 Ford and John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury, made its debut at the show as well. Korky ran an ad in the Souvenir Pictorial for the show advertising his busniness. In the ad, he advertised for custom built bodies, interiors & engines and custom made taillights and parking lights in lucite.[1]


After building a bubble topped 1962 Jaguar for Bobby Freeman, George Barris asked Korky if he wanted to come to California and work for Barris Kustoms. Korky took the offer and went across the country. At Barris Kustoms he went on to become the foreman.


Employees

Richard King


Cars Restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop

Maximilian King's 1940 Mercury Convertible
Billy Smith's 1949 Mercury Convertible
Robert Giblock's 1951 Ford
J. P. Hanusocky's 1953 Oldsmobile 98
Andy Belusko's 1954 Ford
Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford Convertible - The Parisienne
John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury - The Mysterian
George Pillion's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible - The Sportsman
Art Guglielmi's 1955 Ford Victoria
Bobby Freedman's 1962 Jaguar XK-E


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