Mom's Dream Car! In the official program for the 1955 Motorama
, Sam Barris' 1952 Ford
convertible was listed as "Mom's Dream Car." It featured a full padded safety interior, 5 impact safety belts, a baby bottle warmer on the dash, and a diaper bag dispenser behind the front seat. Developed in 1975
, this photo shows Sam's wife with the car in front of the Pan Pacific Auditorium
. 15 years old David Target
took the photo during his first trip to California. The Von Dutch painted Barris Kustoms' 1949 Ford
Woody Wagon parts hauler can also be spotted in the photo. Photo by David Target
, courtesy of Brad Masterson
This is a clean looking 1938 Ford
DeLuxe. From the photo, we can see that it has been shaved for side trim, hood ornament is gone, dual spotlights, reshaped hood, 1940 Ford
headlights, fog lights, removed running boards, and smooth hubcaps. The photo is taken after 1947
, the 1947 Ford
bumpers reveals that. This is a great example of a sharp 1940s
The order for Joe Barnett's s 1941 Ford
Pickup. Joe bought the pick up truck from Jack Calori
. After restyling the car he had Gene Winfield
paint it in a custom-mixed candy bronze color. Before driving north to Gene's shop he stopped by Barris Kustoms
, and had them modify the instrument panel in such way that the Stewart-Warner gauges sat at an angle similar to an Auburn dashboard. The instrument panel was chrome-plated in order to break up all the painted panels. Courtesy of Brad Masterson
- Masterson Kustoms
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Brad Masterson of Masterson Kustoms is the caretaker of the old Barris Kustoms premise at 11070 Atlantic Ave. When Brad first moved to Los Angeles from Sacramento in 2001, he went working for George Barris in North Hollywood. At that time, George did a major clean up, throwing out tons of material from his shop. Luckily for history's sake, Brad jumped in the dumpster, picking out what was worth saving. He lived in a small apartment at the time, and did not have space for all of it. Olav Kvipt of the Kustomrama Lynwood Division was for a while residing in his shop on Atlantic Ave. in Lynwood, and had access to all of his files.
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