Harry Markiecki of Toledo, Ohio. Harry was a member of the Pharaohs car club, and he was known as Toledo's custom car king. The Trojan, a 1916 Ford Bucket T, was his most famous work having been featured in numerous magazines including Hot Rod Magazine, Car Craft and Rod & Custom. The car also won over a dozen national ‘Best of Show’ custom car awards around the country. George Barris, after viewing the craftsmanship and originality of the car, offered Markiecki a position at his LA custom shop. Harry declined in order to stay in Toledo and raise his family.
For many years Harry managed the body shop for Jim White Chevrolets, a local Chevrolet dealership. Later on he started his own body shop, Harry Markiecki's Collision in west Toledo. In 2016 Phil Alloy told Kustomrama that Harry was a frequent visitor to his grandfather’s auto parts yard, Keystone Auto Parts, sourcing body shop parts and items for custom projects on which he was working; "When I spun my Lotus Europa into a pole he did the repair work making the little British sports car better than new "
Harry died at age 42 in 1977. He sold the Trojan some years prior to passing away. The car was considered lost for many years until it’s rediscovery in 2005, literally found in a barn. The car was restored to its original condition. Some of the work was performed by some of Harry’s friends who had helped him build it in the early 1960s.
Harry Makiecki's Cars
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