Russ Grady's 1957 Oldsmobile

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An album containing a photo of The Oriental at the 1960 National Champion Custom Car Show in Detroit was listed for sale on eBay in October 2011.
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Developed in April of 1962 this photo shows Herb and some of his helpers in action, cutting out the roof skin on the car, making it ready for its plastic insert. Photo from The Ray Soff Photo Collection.
The Oriental at an indoor car show at the New York Coliseum in 1962. Photo courtesy of The Jalopy Journal.
A yellow iteration of the Oriental. Photo from The Ray Soff Photo Collection.

1957 Oldsmobile restyled by Herb Gary of Gary's Auto Body for Russell Grady of Stamford, Connecticut. In 1960, the Oriental came second in the full custom class at the first annual National Champion Custom Car Show in Detroit. This version was painted black. After coming second, Russ decided the car had to be a lot more radical to win. During the second restyling, the front was modified, and the roof was cut out and plastic inserted. Herb Gary painted the wild paint job.[1]


In 2010 the Oriental was supposedly being restored by Jim Torok for Russ' cousin. When Russ died he left the car to the cousin.[2]


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