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|caption1=Hilton Vail's 1957 Ford Fairlane 500
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|caption1=The History of Bubble Top-Cars
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|text1=1957 Ford Fairlane 500 two-door hardtop owned by Krankers of San Bernardino member Hilton Vail of San Bernardino, California. Hilton bought the car brand new; "I was 19 years old, and I had been a street drag racer, occasionally drag strip racer, with other cars that I had."
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|text1=In 1960 Darry Starbird introduced the bubble top to the custom car scene. The trend spread like wildfire, and it didn't take a long time before every known and unknown customizer started building their versions of the futuristic rides.
|caption2=Jon Fisher's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
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|caption2=Gary Ruddell's 1960 Ford Starliner
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|link2=Gary Ruddell's 1960 Ford
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|text2="I was inspired by Westergard, the Calori Coupe, of course early Barris, and also a Robert Williams poster when I designed the coupe." More than two decades have passed since Jon Fisher and Scott Guildner designed and restyled the iconic coupe.
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|text2=Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette was great for picking up girls, but taking them to a drive-in or parking on a hill overlooking the city didn't work, so he sold it and bought a nearly new 1960 Ford Starliner that he gave a mild and tasteful custom job.
|caption3=Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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|caption3=Tom Kelly's 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
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|link3=Tom Kelly's 1969 Chevrolet
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|text3=After riding shotgun in a buddy's 1957 Corvette, Seagrams of Norwalk President Gary Ruddell was hooked, he just knew he had to have a Corvette.
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|text3=We usually don't feature custom Corvettes from the 1970s on Kustomrama, but when it is designed by Harry Bradley and restyled by Dave Puhl in Dick Scully's shop we can make an exception!
 
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|caption1=01.27.2019 - The Michael Gale Black Estate Sale
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|caption1=11.04.2019 - The Uncertain-T is Back
|link1=Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford
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|link1=Martin and Marion Bennett's Uncertain-T Recreation
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|text1=Legendary East Coast customizer Richard "Korky" Korkes' 1954 Ford Parisienne custom is coming up for sale in the estate sale after Michael "Gale" Black in February.
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|text1=Have you heard the news? The Uncertain-T is back! At least a recreation of the famous show rod, built by Martin and Marion Bennett from Cambridge, New Zealand. It is making its worldwide debut at the SEMA Show this week.
|caption2=12.02.2018 - Customs by the Sea is Coming Back to California
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|caption2=09.30.2019 - The Barris Kustom City Photo Arcive is Live
|link2=Customs by the Sea Santa Barbara 2019
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|link2=Barris Kustom City - The George Barris Photo Archive
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|text2=Kustomrama has decided to host another Customs by the Sea car show in California. Held in cooperation with the Oilers car club, the show will take place in Santa Barbara in March of 2019.
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|text2=Barris Kustom City is an online photo archive consisting of a collection of photographs by George Barris. Launched in September of 2019 the archive contains thousands of photos of the world’s most amazing custom cars, hot rods, race cars and pin-up's from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
|caption3=11.13.2018 - The Gary Cerveny Collection Lost to Malibu Wildfires
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|caption3=05.01.2019 - Bill Carter Has Passed Away
|link3=The Norman Timbs Special
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|link3=Bill Carter
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|text3=In November of 2018 the Norman Timbs Special, and 30 plus other cars, including Dave Cunningham's 1940 Ford, Lee Talbot and Sam Chakries' 1953 Studebaker Pick Up, and Ray Goulart's 1950 Oldsmobile were lost to the Malibu wildfires as Gary Cerveny's collection burned down to the ground. A tragic day in custom car history.
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|text3=We are sorry to inform that legendary custom painter Bill Carter passed away yesterday. Bill was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up during the birth of custom paint and loved the smell of paint and lacquer. Larry Watson took him in under his wings and taught him a few more tricks before he went on to open up his own shop.  
 
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|caption1=Looking for Info: The New York Mystery Sport Custom
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|caption1=Looking for Info: Dave Paul's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
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|link1=Dave Paul's 1955 Chevrolet
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|text1=US built Sport Custom, currently located in Italy. The car was purchased in New York in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The buyer found it for sale on Hemmings, and all he remembers about the guy he got it off was that he was a physician in the Syracuse, New York area.
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|text1=This 1955 Chevrolet custom has been in Tim Paul's family for 40+ years. His dad, who is no longer with us, bought the car in Denver, Colorado in 1974. Modifications included a Candy Apple Red paint job, split bumpers, stacked quad headlights, and DeSoto taillights.
|caption2=Looking for Info: Don Ellis' 1955 Ford Thunderbird
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|caption2=Looking for Info: Raymond Patricco's 1934 Ford Roadster
|link2=Don Ellis' 1955 Ford
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|link2=Raymond Patricco's 1934 Ford
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|text2=Dennis Bradford's 1955 Ford Thunderbird custom was featured in the June 1959 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine. The story was named "Trimmed with Taste," and the author of the story compared the appearance of the car with the appearance of a limited production vehicle such as the Facel Vega.
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|text2=They are still out there! Panels. Fogging. Pinstriping. This custom painted 1934 Ford survivor was just dragged out of storage in Whitehouse, New Jersey. We're helping the current caretakers trace the history of the car. Maybe you can help us?
|caption3=Lost: Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury
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|caption3=Update: Max Magness' 1932 Ford Cabriolet
|link3=Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury
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|link3=Max Magness' 1932 Ford
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|text3=In 1957 Dean Jeffries sold his heavily decorated 1947 Mercury convertible to Jerry Halak of Toledo, Ohio. A year later Halak sold it to Larry Nadrasik. Nadrasik later moved to England, and rumor has it that he brought the Merc along.  
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|text3=The original builder of Pascal Bandelier's 1932 Ford survivor has finally been traced. Thanks to Les Gray we now know that the car was built by Max Magness, a hot rodder from Grandfalls, a small dry town in Ward County, Texas, in the late 1950s.
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|caption3=Looking for Info: Art Lehner's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe - The Blue Indigo
 
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|caption1=The Brad Masterson Collection
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|caption1=The Willard McPhatter Jr. Collection
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|text1=When Brad Masterson worked for George Barris, before he went working for Bill Hines, George had a major clean-up at this North Hollywood shop. During the clean-up he threw out tons of material. Luckily, Brad jumped in the dumpster and saved what he could. When Olav Kvipt was working with Brad in his shop, he spent hours scanning all of Brad's photos and documents.
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|text1=Willard McPhatter Jr. took these photos at the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show in 1965. Willard is Cory Vaughn's uncle, and the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show, is the first show he and his brother ever attended.
|caption2=The Mikael de Bourg Wetterlund Collection
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|caption2=The Bill Boren Collection
|link2=The Mikael de Bourg Wetterlund Photo Collection
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|link2=The Bill Boren Photo Collection
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|text2=Mikael de Bourg Wetterlund of Stockholm, Sweden. Born in 1954, Mikael has had an interest in hot rods and customs since the day his father took him to the first Hot Rod Show at Ostermans Marmorhallar in the mid-1960s.
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|text2=Bill Boren was an active member of the Culver City Screwdrivers in the 1940s and the 1950s. He and Jerry Keldrauk were a regular sight at the dry lakes with their track nosed 1932 Ford Sedan. Unfortunately Bill passed away in September of 2014, but his memory lives on on Kustomrama as his daughter Karen has scanned and shared his old albums with us.
|caption3=The Ray Soff Collection
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|caption3=The Howard Miereanu Collection
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|link3=The Howard Miereanu Collection
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|text3=Raymond Soff of Saddle Brook, New Jersey is often referred to as a walking custom car Encyclopedia. He was born in 1946, and he has spent half of his life tracking down custom cars in the United States, talking to owners of cars that he admired in the magazines when he was a little kid. Ray’s growing collection of East Coast custom history contains thousands of photos and negatives, letters, notes, and taped interviews.
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|text3=Howard R. Miereanu is a well known graphic designer. With degrees in industrial design & graphics from the Art Center College of Design, Howard’s experience is wide-ranging; from an exterior automotive designer at General Motors (1959-1963), back to Los Angeles he joined a local furniture manufacturer as head designer and created a line of office furniture, moved on to be Senior Partner at Advertising & Sons (a boutique advertising agency in Beverly Hills), and finally to owner and founder of HRM Graphic Design (a Woodland-Hills-based graphic design studio specializing in packaging, corporate ID).
 
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|caption1=For Sale: Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick Century - The BuSonic
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|caption1=For Sale: Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
|link1=Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick
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|link1=Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet
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|text1=Known as the "BuSonic," Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick was restyled by John Schott over a three year period. Completed in 1963, the list of modidications included canted quad headlights, hydraulic lifts and a sparkling Copper Metalflake paint job by Larry Watson.
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|text1=Historic one-owner Alexander Brothers custom. September 19th, 2019 the Dave Jenkins Chevrolet will hit the auctions block.
|caption2=For Sale: Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick Riviera "The Golden Piranha"
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|caption2=For Sale: Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala
|link2=Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick
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|link2=Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet
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|text2=Frank De Rosa has been cutting up and customizing cars since 1943. In 1949 he opened up De Rosa Custom Body and Fender in Pittsburg, California, a shop that still is in business, operated by the De Rosa family. Frank has now turned 91 years old, and he has decided to sell off one of his old builds.
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|text2=1965 Chevrolet Impala owned and restyled by Bob Huffman of Norwalk, California. Bob bought the Impala brand new from Paramount Chevrolet in Downey, California in September of 1964. He paid $3100.00 for the car, took it home and started restyling it almost immediately.
|caption3=For Sale: John North's 1957 Ford "White Pearl"
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|caption3=For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream
|link3=John North's 1957 Ford
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|link3=Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream
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|text3=1957 Ford restyled by Riverside Auto Body for Choppers of Rockville President John North of Rockville, Connecticut. The car is also known as the "White Pearl". John purchased the Ford brand new in 1957, and it was immediately sent off for a restyling.
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|text3=Wild Dream is a show rod designed and built by Joe Wilhelm at Wilhelm's Custom Shop for John Hernandez. Built over a three year period, the wild rod featured a futuristic hand-formed aluminum body that was covered with 20 coats of purple metalflake paint.
 
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|caption1=Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills 2019
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|text1=The 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 25 - 27, 2019 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards inside the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles joined the event Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In.
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|text1=Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills is a pre-1965 hot rod and custom car show held by Rumblers of New York City. The 2019 Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills was held Saturday, September 21st, 2019 under the BQE at Lorimer Street in New York City.
|caption2=A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2018
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|caption2=Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2019
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|link2=Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2019
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|text2=The 22nd annual A-Bombers Old Style Weekend was held August 3-5, 2018 at Backamo Lägerplats in Uddevalla, Sweden.
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|text2=The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is known as the most prestigious car show in the world, and this year's line up included a Historic Hot Rod Cover Cars Class, consisting of a handful of historic hot rods that made history being featured on the covers of well known hot rod and custom car magazines.
|caption3=Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza 2018
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|caption3=Grand National Roadster Show 2019
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|link3=Grand National Roadster Show 2019
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|text3=The 10th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza was held June 15-17, 2018 at Bruvollen in Blaker, Norway.
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|text3=The 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 25 - 27, 2019 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards inside the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles joined the event Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In.
 
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|caption1=Featured Video: The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade
|link1=AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom
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|link1=Norwalk Motorcade 1957 by Bob Stephenson
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|text1=Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin.
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|text1=A movie by Bob Stephenson from the 4th annual Norwalk Motorcade, an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen car club. Keith Christensen was the first President of the club and a founding member.
|caption2=Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video
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|caption2=Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom
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|link2=AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom
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|text2=1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family.
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|text2=Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin.
|caption3=Recomended Reading: Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture
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|caption3=Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video
|link3=Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture
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|text3=John DeWitt grew up in Stamford, Connecticut in the 1950s, and as so many other teenagers back then, he would start getting ready for Friday nights early in the afternoon; "I would pull my car into the driveway, turn on the radio, get the soap and polish ready, and turn on the hose. I attended to the hygiene of my car with an attention to detail I never applied to my room."
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|text3=1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family.
 
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Featured Stories

The History of Bubble Top-Cars In 1960 Darry Starbird introduced the bubble top to the custom car scene. The trend spread like wildfire, and it didn't take a long time before every known and unknown customizer started building their versions of the futuristic rides. Gary Ruddell's 1960 Ford Starliner Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette was great for picking up girls, but taking them to a drive-in or parking on a hill overlooking the city didn't work, so he sold it and bought a nearly new 1960 Ford Starliner that he gave a mild and tasteful custom job. Tom Kelly's 1969 Chevrolet Corvette We usually don't feature custom Corvettes from the 1970s on Kustomrama, but when it is designed by Harry Bradley and restyled by Dave Puhl in Dick Scully's shop we can make an exception!

News

11.04.2019 - The Uncertain-T is Back Have you heard the news? The Uncertain-T is back! At least a recreation of the famous show rod, built by Martin and Marion Bennett from Cambridge, New Zealand. It is making its worldwide debut at the SEMA Show this week. 09.30.2019 - The Barris Kustom City Photo Arcive is Live Barris Kustom City is an online photo archive consisting of a collection of photographs by George Barris. Launched in September of 2019 the archive contains thousands of photos of the world’s most amazing custom cars, hot rods, race cars and pin-up's from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. 05.01.2019 - Bill Carter Has Passed Away We are sorry to inform that legendary custom painter Bill Carter passed away yesterday. Bill was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up during the birth of custom paint and loved the smell of paint and lacquer. Larry Watson took him in under his wings and taught him a few more tricks before he went on to open up his own shop.

Lost and Found

Looking for Info: Dave Paul's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible This 1955 Chevrolet custom has been in Tim Paul's family for 40+ years. His dad, who is no longer with us, bought the car in Denver, Colorado in 1974. Modifications included a Candy Apple Red paint job, split bumpers, stacked quad headlights, and DeSoto taillights. Looking for Info: Raymond Patricco's 1934 Ford Roadster They are still out there! Panels. Fogging. Pinstriping. This custom painted 1934 Ford survivor was just dragged out of storage in Whitehouse, New Jersey. We're helping the current caretakers trace the history of the car. Maybe you can help us? Looking for Info: Art Lehner's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe - The Blue Indigo The original builder of Pascal Bandelier's 1932 Ford survivor has finally been traced. Thanks to Les Gray we now know that the car was built by Max Magness, a hot rodder from Grandfalls, a small dry town in Ward County, Texas, in the late 1950s.

Photo Archive

The Willard McPhatter Jr. Collection Willard McPhatter Jr. took these photos at the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show in 1965. Willard is Cory Vaughn's uncle, and the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show, is the first show he and his brother ever attended. The Bill Boren Collection Bill Boren was an active member of the Culver City Screwdrivers in the 1940s and the 1950s. He and Jerry Keldrauk were a regular sight at the dry lakes with their track nosed 1932 Ford Sedan. Unfortunately Bill passed away in September of 2014, but his memory lives on on Kustomrama as his daughter Karen has scanned and shared his old albums with us. The Howard Miereanu Collection Howard R. Miereanu is a well known graphic designer. With degrees in industrial design & graphics from the Art Center College of Design, Howard’s experience is wide-ranging; from an exterior automotive designer at General Motors (1959-1963), back to Los Angeles he joined a local furniture manufacturer as head designer and created a line of office furniture, moved on to be Senior Partner at Advertising & Sons (a boutique advertising agency in Beverly Hills), and finally to owner and founder of HRM Graphic Design (a Woodland-Hills-based graphic design studio specializing in packaging, corporate ID).

Top Lists

Matt Townsend ranks the 3 greatest 1949-51 Mercury customs of all time Matt Townsend runs Townsends Customs & Hot Rods, a custom body shop in Riverside, California that specializes in restoration and customization of classic cars. In November of 2017 Matt had 17 1949 - 1951 Mercury customs under his belt, so we asked him what his All-Time Top 3 1949 - 1951 Mercury Customs are. Kevan Sledge ranks the 3 greatest customs of all time Kevan Sledge is a founding member of the So. Cal Shifters car club. Kevan has had a passion for cars since he was a young kid, and began building hot rods and customs as a hobby in the late 1980s. In 2011 he started up Sledge Customs, turning his hobby into a full time profession. Gene Winfield ranks his top 3 favorite builds Gene Winfield is a legendary customizer, painter and hot rod racer. Born June 16, 1927, Gene has been restyling cars since 1945, and he is one of the best known and most recognized builders in the world. They say choosing your favourite build is like choosing your favourite child! We Gene what his top 3 favourite builds are?

For Sale

For Sale: Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Historic one-owner Alexander Brothers custom. September 19th, 2019 the Dave Jenkins Chevrolet will hit the auctions block. For Sale: Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala 1965 Chevrolet Impala owned and restyled by Bob Huffman of Norwalk, California. Bob bought the Impala brand new from Paramount Chevrolet in Downey, California in September of 1964. He paid $3100.00 for the car, took it home and started restyling it almost immediately. For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream Wild Dream is a show rod designed and built by Joe Wilhelm at Wilhelm's Custom Shop for John Hernandez. Built over a three year period, the wild rod featured a futuristic hand-formed aluminum body that was covered with 20 coats of purple metalflake paint.

Featured Events

Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills 2019 Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills is a pre-1965 hot rod and custom car show held by Rumblers of New York City. The 2019 Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills was held Saturday, September 21st, 2019 under the BQE at Lorimer Street in New York City. Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2019 The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is known as the most prestigious car show in the world, and this year's line up included a Historic Hot Rod Cover Cars Class, consisting of a handful of historic hot rods that made history being featured on the covers of well known hot rod and custom car magazines. Grand National Roadster Show 2019 The 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 25 - 27, 2019 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards inside the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles joined the event Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In.

Featured Projects

Lawrence Garrison's 1940 Mercury Convertible In 2011 Birger Meland of Lier, Norway bought Lawrence Garrison’s channeled 1940 Mercury from Pat Orosco in California. For a long time, the history of this old custom has been full of holes and rumors. In June Birger told us that he wanted to restore the car back to how it was originally built. We applauded the initiative and agreed to help him research the history of the car. Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird Gil Ayala's personal custom, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, known as the Wild Bird, has been sold to Scandinavia. Gil's Thunderbird is one of the few known surviving Ayala Customs, and it is a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration. We followed the restoration of the car, and it's trip halfway across the world on Kustomrama. The Kustomrama Dream truck The Kustomrama Dream Truck is a tribute to the custom cars of the late 1950s. Being an admirer of Jerry DeVito's wildly restyled 1957 Ford Fairlane, that we all know as the Maze, Sondre Kvipt decided that he wanted to recreate this car as a Ranchero. The build was started in Oslo, Norway in January of 2014, lead by Sondre's brother Olav.

Misc

Featured Video: The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade A movie by Bob Stephenson from the 4th annual Norwalk Motorcade, an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen car club. Keith Christensen was the first President of the club and a founding member. Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin. Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video 1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family.



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