Wilhelm's Custom Shop

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Joe Wilhelm's 1939 Nash Coupe of San Jose, California. Joe bought the car and restyled it after the War in 1946, and it was his first custom project.
A photo of Joe Wilhelm working on John Serpa's 1951 Mercury. This photo was published in a story about custom cars that the San Jose News ran August 19, 1957. Photo courtesy of the San Jose News.
Eric Bracher's 1956 Chevrolet of San Jose, California was restyled by Joe in the late 1950s.
Wild Dream was a show rod designed and built by Joe for John Hernandez.

Wilhelm's Custom Shop was a custom shop in San Jose, California that was run and operated by Joe Wilhelm.

Triple Win at the 1957 National Roadster Show

In 1957, three cars built by Wilhelm won awards at the National Roadster Show. Eric Bracher's 1956 Chevrolet won top honors for offering the most to the automotive design field. The other winners were Jim Gregg's 1953 Chevrolet and John Major's 1954 Ford.

Cars Restyled by Joe Wilhelm

Wild Dream
Mel Taormino's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
The Mark I Mist
Joe Wilhelm's 1939 Nash Coupe
Willard Batey's 1948 Plymouth
Tom Viviano's 1952 Oldsmobile Holiday 88
Jim Gregg's 1953 Chevrolet
John Major's 1954 Ford
Mike Lerner's 1954 Ford
Andy Anderson's 1955 Jaguar XK-140MC Royal
Eric Bracher's 1956 Chevrolet
Jack Snyder’s 1956 Chevrolet
Jim McClenham's 1957 Chevrolet
Clif Inman's 1957 Chrysler
Eddie Johnson's 1957 Plymouth

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