Bob Knessel's Sports Custom
Sports Custom built by Bob Knessel and his dad of Bell, California. In 1959 the car appeared in Fawcett Book 413 How to Build and Race Hot Rods. According to that story, the build took three years to complete. "They first designed and hand-built their own plaster molds, then laid up the body in Fiberglass." It featured a removable convertible top, a 1936 Chevrolet chassis, a 1950 Mercury grille, a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette engine, and plastic taillights. Once completed, the body was covered in Metallic pink.
When Knessel's Sports Custom appeared in Fawcett Book 413 How to Build and Race Hot Rods in 1959, it appeared in a story about Ed Roth called "Hot Rod Rembrandt." The story featured a handful of cars that had been topped off by the Roth touch.
In January of 2020, the remains of the old custom were advertised for sale on Craigslist. According to the listing, Bob Knessel's widow had told the seller that Ed Roth was heavily involved in the project; "He helped in the designing of the Hot Rod as well as the bodywork. Ed Roth painted the car a metallic pink." When the car came up for sale, restoration had started five years ago, but it had stopped short of completion. The body was removed. The frame was powder-coated, and the Corvette engine, transmission, rear end, and brakes were worked on. Located in Santa Monica, California, the asking price was $25000. Click here to check out the listing.
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