Al Gratz' 1955 Chevrolet

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Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris

1955 Chevrolet Corvette restyled by Al Gratz of Gratz Body Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Al rebuilt the car from a total wreck, incorporating a few of his own ideas. In the rear, he formed large fins in fiberglass. The fins started in the door panels and rised rearward. Taillights and back-up lights from a 1957 Plymouth were fit in the fins. Rear, and front bumpers were taken from a 1958 Chrysler Windsor. The bumpers had to be shortened in order to fit the narrower Corvette body. Sidetrim, and door handles were removed for a cleaner appearance.[1]

Magazine Features

Car Craft January 1959
Custom Cars June 1960
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual



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