Frank De Rosa
Frank was born in 1929. As a kid he used to build model car kits and modify things like his 2x4 plank skateboard. He started customizing cars in 1943, while working for Bob Dughi at a local body shop. He then joined the Navy, where he learned welding and fabrication.
In 1949 he opened up his own shop De Rosa Custom Body and Fender. At the time he was restyling a 1936 Ford that he had totaled. The car, known as the Joker Car, was 49 inches high, and it consisted of Lincoln, Kaiser, Chevrolet and Ford parts. Once completed, the car was outlawed from the street for being too low.
By the mid 1950s Frank started slowing down, and he began doing regular body work and paint. In 1978, after attending the Oakland Roadster Show with his son, Frank decided to build another custom. His first in 25 years. In 1982 Frank was quoted in Technical Low Rider Vol 1 No 1 1982 saying "Cars have always been a part of me and lowriding is the only way to go. We were lowriding back in 1945."
Frank De Rosa's Cars
Frank De Rosa's 1936 Ford - The Joker Car
Frank De Rosa's 1947 Cadillac Sedanette
Frank De Rosa's 1951 Ford Convertible
Frank De Rosa's 1951 Mercury
Frank De Rosa's 1960 Cadillac - Shark
Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick Riviera - The Golden Piranha
Cars Restyled by Frank De Rosa
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