Gordon Vann was the owner of Gordon Vann's Body Shop in Berkeley, California. Gordon was also the president of the Cal-Neva Roadster Association and the Oakland Roadster Club.He was also a member of the Oakland Clutch Busters. According to Andy Graybeal, that helped Gordon design a couple of cars between 1953 and 1954, Gordon was a non-conformist. If you look at his 1917 Dodge roadster, he could have found a number of T-buckets and 1932 Ford radiator shells to use when he built the roadster, but he wanted an original. When Andy worked for Gordon, his personal transport was a Ford pickup and a 1949 or 1950 Ford that belonged to his wife, who did the bookkeeping. By 1955 Vann had given up the business of hot rods and customs, and were all into hand built sport cars. At the 1955 National Roadster Show Vann exhibited three cars. These were Warren Gonzales' 1950 Ford, an aluminum bodied hand built roadster, and an aluminum body coupe owned by Wayne Smith.
During the 12th annual National Roadster Show, held February 22 - 28, 1960, nine pioneers in the creative building field were awarded the first members of the newly created National Roadster Hall of Fame. The nine pioneers were Joe Bailon, Ezra Ehrhardt, Romeo Palamides, Gordon Vann, Harold Casaurang, Robert E. Petersen, George Barris, Wally Parks and Walt Moron. 
Gordon Vann's Cars
Gordon Vann's 1917 Dodge Roadster
Cars Restyled by Gordon Vann
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