George Pillion's 1955 Chevrolet

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An early version of George's Chevrolet appeared in Motor Life May 1957. Photo courtesy of Motor Life Magazine.
A rear end shot of George's Chevrolet from Motor Life May 1957. Photo courtesy of Motor Life Magazine.
A Photo Korky took of the Sportsman after he had completed the build. Photo from The Richard Korkes Photo Collection.
The Sportsman as it appeared in the souvenir pictorial for the 1960 Hartford Autorama.
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1955 Chevrolet Convertible owned by George Pillion of Whippany, New Jersey. An early version of George's Chevrolet was featured in Motor Life May 1957. This version featured 1956 Pontiac side trim, shaved doors operated by electric push buttons, and rear fenders that were extended 10 inches. The extended finders had pointed shades that were crafted over 1956 Oldsmobile taillights. The hood was smoothed off, and the stock grille had most of the vertical bars removed. The extended rear fenders and the continental kit made the car appear longer than it actually was.[1]


In 1960, a second version of George's Chevrolet was displayed at the Hartford Autorama. This version was restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop. Named "The Sportsman," the frontal area on George's Chevrolet was heavily restyled featuring two scoops above the grille. The grille was fit with a pair of 1958 Edsel headlights. Four fins were grafted onto the rear of the car. The frame was C'd, and the car lowered front and back.[2]


Magazine Features

Motor Life May 1957
Trend Book 156 Custom Cars 1958 Annual
Custom Cars April 1960


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