Chuck Krikorian's 1929 Ford

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The Emperor displayed next to the Ala Kart at an indoor car show. Two well-known Fresno hot rods. Photo courtesy of Custom Rodder.
Chuck Kirkorian's Emperor in 2005. Photo by Howard Gribble
The Emperor at the Barris Kustoms display at the 2011 Long Beach Motorama. Photo by Jerry Hatto.

1929 Ford Model A Roadster built by Barris Kustoms for Chuck Kirkorian. The car was also known as the Emperor. Chuck's roadster featured a hand-formed grille, deck lid, and rear pan to fit the taillights, which were surrounded by a miniature version of the grille up front. Chuck wanted a fendered rod, so the car was fit with small fenders featuring tapered fins.

Magazine Features

Custom Cars July 1960
Rodding and Re-styling July 1960
Car Craft February 1962
Hot Rod Magazine July 1969


Barris Kustoms of the 1950s
Howard Gribble's Flickr Photostream


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