10 Custom Car Books Everyone Should Read

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Recommended Reading

Kustomrama collects stories. We love books. If you love custom cars you should read at least one of these books. We can highly recommend that you add them all to your collection. Unfortunately, many of the books are sold out and hard to come by, so if you find a copy at a reasonable price at a flea market, eBay or Amazon you should absolutely consider adding it to your library.

1. Dan Post's Original Blue Book of Custom Restyling


In 1944 Dan Post published Dan Post Remodeler's Manual a mimeograph about custom cars, and the foundation for the first known custom car book. The booklets Dan Post's California Custom Car Photo Album and Dan Post's Original Master Custom-Restyling Manual followed in 1947 before Dan Post's Original Blue Book of Custom Restyling was published in 1949. This is the first known custom car book, and a must-read if you want to dive down into the roots of the custom car scene. In 1951 he published the Enlarged Super Edition Blue Book of Custom Restyling.

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2. The American Custom Car by Pat Ganahl

The history of the American custom car as told by noted author and journalist Pat Ganahl. This was my first dedicated custom car book. It opened my eyes and curiosity and led me onto many other books later on.

3. The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield by David Grant


A pioneer. A driving force, and a legend. One of the best known and most respected custom car builders in the industry. Written by David Grant, the book was published in 2008. 176 pages. Lots of great photos, and a foreword by Spence Murray. The book is fairly rare and hard to come by. It has become a collectors item and you have to pay up to secure a copy. We have heard that the last time Gene Winfield was in Sweden he came by a few books for sale that he bought up and brought back home to the US.

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