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Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury of Castro Valley, California. Leroy's Merc, also known as The Jade Idol, was restyled by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop. The build was started in 1958, and completed in 1959 featuring one of Gene's signature fadeaway paint jobe. The Jade idol became an instant hit at car shows all over the US, and it was the car that helped Gene gain national recognition as a custom car builder.
George Barris' 1963 Buick Riviera of Encino, California. George, who owned and operated Barris Kustom City in North Hollywood, California, designed the car himself. Known as "The Villa Riviera Buick," the build was completed in 1963. In 1964 a white iteration of the car appeared in the popular Surf-movie "For Those Who Think Young". In 1963, once the movie work was done, George experimented with a fogged paint job before returning The Villa Riviera to its originally intended cherry red paint scheme.
Ray Farhner's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, known as Outer Limits, was restyled by Ray Farhner of Farhner Custom Shop in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. Tom Davidson gave the car a fade paint job in 1963.
The X-Sonic as it appeared when it was featured in Popular Customs Winter Issue 1963. The Platinum Pearl paint job with Royal and Oriental Blue Shading was applied by Larry Watson at Watson's House of Style. Photo from the Ron Aguirre Photo Collection.
Richard Zocchi's 1964 Buick Wildcat of Concord, California. Richard's Buick featured hydraulic lifts by Bill Hines and a fadeaway paint job by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop. The car was restyled in 1964, when it was brand new.
Tim Smith's 1951 Ford Victoria received a faded paint job by Dick Page in 1965.
Nick Hoogoian's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu of Granada Hills, San Fernando Valley received a fadeaway paint job by Joe Andersen's Custom Shop in the summer of 1966.
Larry Nixon's 1956 Chevrolet Nomad of Tacoma, Washington received a custom fade and flame paint job by Dick Page in 1967.
Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford of Simi Valley, California. Jim's Ford was restyled in 1969, and it featured a fadeaway paint job by Bill Carter of Carter Pro Paint and pinstriping by Walt Prey.
Richard Zocchi's Second 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix was restyled by Lucky 7 Custom for Richard Zocchi of Walnut Creek, California. The car was built as a chopped clone of a 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix that Gene Winfield restyled for Zocchi in 1962. The build was completed in 2002. Art Himsl and Marcos applied the fadeaway paint job on the car.
Dennis McPhail's 1960 Ford Fairlane of Wellington, Kansas. Restyled by Hooligan Hot Rods and Jeff Myers the build was completed in 2010, featuring a fadeaway paint job.
Wheels Unlimited's 1952 Chevrolet of Japan was restyled by Gene Winfield at Winfield's Custom Shop. Named "Desert Sunset, the build was completed in 2015, and it made its debut at the 2015 SEMA Show, featuring one of Gene's famous fade paint jobs.
TJ O'Conner's 1956 Ford Customline. Kyle Martin of Martin Kolor & Style gave the car a suble fade paint job in 2017. Photo by John Lemoine - Customikes.
Wheels Unlimited's 1965 Buick LeSabre of Japan. Restyled by Winfield's Custom Shop, the build was completed in 2017, featuring one of Gene Winfield's signature fadeaway paint jobs. The car made its debut at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show.
Mikko Kiviniemi's 1953 Chevrolet of Örebro, Sweden. The body on Mikko's Chevrolet has been sectioned 3 inches and chopped 3 inches, reducing the height with a total of 6 inches. The build was started in 2013 and completed in 2019. It featured a Gene Winfield inspired fade paint job that Mikko laid himself.


Cars Featuring Fade Paint Jobs

Mike Cornwell's 1951 Ford Business Coupe
Tim Smith's 1951 Ford Victoria
Wheels Unlimited's 1952 Chevrolet - Desert Sunset
Mikko Kiviniemi's 1953 Chevrolet
Larry Nixon's 1956 Chevrolet Nomad
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette - X-Sonic
TJ O'Conner's 1956 Ford Customline
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury - The Jade Idol
Dennis McPhail's 1960 Ford Fairlane
Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford
Richard Zocchi's Second 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
George Barris' 1963 Buick Riviera - The Villa Riviera
Ray Farhner's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Outer Limits
Richard Zocchi's 1964 Buick Wildcat
Wheels Unlimited's 1965 Buick LeSabre
Nick Hoogoian's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu



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