Don Varner

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Tony Cardoza's 1948 Chevrolet Four-Door. This was the first car Don gave a full scallop paint job.
Greg Sargenti’s 1956 Chevrolet of Salinas, California. Greg's Chevrolet was painted and pinstriped by Don Varner.
Don helped Cushenbery design the El Matador.

Don Varner of Eugene, Oregon. Don started out pinstriping in Eugene in the 1950s. In 1956 he was hailed by Rod & Custom Magazine as the striping king of the Northwest. Later on, he moved to Salinas, California where he began designing and painting cars.

Don went on to become an industrial designer by day and an awesome automobile designer by night. He is a designer whose love of automobiles and good design are one in the same. With a relentless level of desire, Don has been able to achieve a unique statement of going in style. The California Star is the third collaboration between Don and Ron Covell. 5,000 man-hours spanning almost three years went into the creation of this ground-up custom. The California Star began traditionally enough, based on a `27 Model T ragtop. Other influences in the California Star's design were track roadsters and Indy championship cars, but the end result is an original, unique show car.

Don Varner's Cars

Don Varner's 1956 Ford F-100
Don's Special Creation - The California Star
The Don Varner T

Cars Painted or Pinstriped by Don Varner

Lowell and Shirley Well's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Tony Cardoza's 1948 Chevrolet Four-Door
Greg Sargenti’s 1956 Chevrolet

Cars Designed by Don Varner

Bill Cushenbery's 1940 Ford - The El Matador


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