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Featured Stories

Hilton Vail's 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 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." Jon Fisher's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe "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. Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 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.


02.25.2019 - Cody Burghdorf Completes the Krimson Kart Restoration Cody Burghdorf has just completed the restoration of Emory Ashpaugh's Krimson Kart. A restoration he started in 2016. The restored version of the car will make its debut at the 2019 Detroit Autorama. 01.27.2019 - The Michael Gale Black Estate Sale 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. 12.02.2018 - Customs by the Sea is Coming Back to California 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.

Lost and Found

Looking for Info: The New York Mystery Sport Custom 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. Looking for Info: Don Ellis' 1955 Ford Thunderbird 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. Lost: Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury 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.

Photo Archive

The Brad Masterson Collection 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. The Mikael de Bourg Wetterlund Collection 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. The Ray Soff Collection 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.

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: Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick Century - The BuSonic 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. For Sale: Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick Riviera "The Golden Piranha" 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. For Sale: John North's 1957 Ford "White Pearl" 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.

Featured Events

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. A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2018 The 22nd annual A-Bombers Old Style Weekend was held August 3-5, 2018 at Backamo Lägerplats in Uddevalla, Sweden. Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza 2018 The 10th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza was held June 15-17, 2018 at Bruvollen in Blaker, Norway.

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.


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. Recomended Reading: Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture 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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