Herbert "Herb" Gary was a legendary East Coast customizer who owned and operated Gary's Auto Body in Sea Cliff, New York. He learned his trade entirely on his own, primarily from reading magazines. His abilities included a range of skills, such as hammer-welding and sectioning. He was known for hand-making panels from sheet stock and hammer-welding them in place. He never used any filler of any kind, whether plastic or lead and was well-known for flawless results
Gary's Auto Body was a custom shop that produced a variety of iconic vehicles. 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."
Inspired by Valley Custom Shop
Herb Gary's work was highly respected in the customizing community. His work has been compared to that of West Coast customizer Sam Barris, and it has been suggested that if he had been based in California, he would have been ranked among the "Legends" of car customizing.
Herbert Gary's Cars
Cars Restyled by Herbert Gary
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