Gary's Auto Body
The shop was well known for producing custom vehicles, including a variety of iconic cars. Some of these vehicles included Herb Gary's 1949 Plymouth, named "The Aztec," Harry Bradley's 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air, named "La Jolla," Steve Scrivani's 1955 Oldsmobile, named "Celestial I," Russell Grady's 1957 Oldsmobile, named "The Oriental," Andy Southard's 1958 Chevrolet Impala, and Hank Bornstein's 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, named "The Pinapple Pearl."2
Inspiration and Legacy
Unlike many other customizers, 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. He was known for his hammer welding and sectioning. He never used any filler of any kind, whether plastic or lead and was known for hand-making panels from sheet stock and hammer-welding them in place, achieving flawless results. Herb's work was highly respected in the customizing community, and he has been compared to that of West Coast customizer Sam Barris.
A Man's Got To Do What a Man Got To Do
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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