Gary's Auto Body

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The shop with Herb Gary's 1949 Plymouth sitting outside.
A photo of Herb with The Aztec from The Ray Soff Photo Collection.
The second version Russ Grady's 1957 Oldsmobile, the Oriental, was painted by Herb

Gary's Auto Body was a custom shop in Sea Cliff, New York operated and owned by Herb Gary. Gary learned his trade solely from reading magazines on the subjects and lists Neil Emory and Clayton Jensen of Valley Custom Shop, and their creations such as the Polynesian as the impetus for his work. Unlike many other customizers, Gary learned his craft entirely on his own, and that included a long list of abilities such as hammer-welding and sectioning. He never used any filler of any kind, whether plastic or lead. When a job first called for a specific shape, panels were hand made from sheet stock and hammer-welded in place. During the seventies, customizing was not popular and Herb began doing bodywork on automobiles such as Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz.[1]

Cars Restyled by Gary's Auto Body

Herb Gary's 1949 Plymouth - The Aztec
Harry Bradley's 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air - La Jolla
Steve Scrivani's 1955 Oldsmobile - Celestial I
Russell Grady's 1957 Oldsmobile - The Oriental
Andy Southard's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Hank Bornstein's 1959 Chevrolet Corvette - The Pinapple Pearl


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