Ken Sowers' 1956 Plymouth

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Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
This photo of Ken's Plymouth appeared in Trend Book 175 Custom Cars 1959 Annual.

1956 Plymouth restyled by Bill Babb of Wirth's Body Shop for Ken Sowers of San Jose, California in 1958.[1] The profile of Ken's 1956 Plymouth appeared almost stock, giving no hint to the extensive frontal modifications on the car. The front was modified to accept a 1958 Buick grille. Canted quad headlights were made from 1958 Edsel inner grille rings used as headlight housings. The grille rings housed both the quad headlights and the parking and signal lights below. Large airscoops were cut into the front fenders. The hood was louvered and shaved.[2] The body was lowered by reworking the front springs and adding lowering blocks in the rear. Long lakes pipes and 1956 Oldsmobile Fiesta Hubcaps finished up the kustomizing. The body was painted in a conservative but glistening black with a few distinct scallops. The stock side trim was kept as it seemed to go well with the other modifications.

Magazine Features

Custom Cars August 1958
Custom Rodder November 1959
Trend Book 175 Custom Cars 1959 Annual
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual


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