Herman Miller's 1955 Oldsmobile

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Contemporary Convertible. Peter Sukalac shot the car for Rod & Custom magazine. The story appeared in Rod & Custom September 1959.
Another photo of the Candy Lady from Peter Sukalac's Rod & Custom featured story. According to Sukalac, "simple changes prove best design." Photo by Peter Sukalac, courtesy of David Donaldson.
Herman proudly displaying his trophies from shows and drag races. Photo by Peter Sukalac, courtesy of David Donaldson.
Painted a striking Candy Apple Red, the interior was upholstered in a matching white and red. Photo by Peter Sukalac, courtesy of David Donaldson.
A photo of the Candy Lady taken at an indoor car show. David Donaldson believes this might have been the Oakland Roadster Show. Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.
Notice the trimmed wheel wells. Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.
Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.
Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.
The trunk was upholstered to match the interior. Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.
Herman scrapped the stock grille in favor of a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette grille. Photo courtesy of David Donaldson.

1955 Oldsmobile Convertible owned by Slo Poks of Vancouver member Herman Miller of Vancouver, Washington. Given a mild custom treatment, Miller's Olds was featured in Rod & Custom September 1959. That iteration was nosed, decked, and shaved for door handles. Minor side trim had also been removed, before Herman scrapped the stock grille in favor of a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette grille. A striking Candy Apple red paint job made the car stand out in a crowd. The paint also gave name to the car, which was shown as the "Candy Lady." Inside, it was dressed up with a matching white and red custom upholstery. The trunk was upholstered to match the interior. Peter Sukalac shot the car for Rod & Custom magazine, and according to him, "simple changes prove best design." Total build cost was supposedly $1400.[1]


Damaged and Resurrected

Herman drove the car every day while striving to keep it in show condition. He also raced it at the strip, running it in the C/Stock class. Turning 88, the car did well at Shelton, Bremerton, Dalles, Scappose, and Medford. In 2021 fellow Slo Poks member David Donaldson told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that the car truly was a stunning custom. "Years before I was a member of the POKS, I was a junior high school kid who used to see her at the downtown Shell station ...a bunch of us kids would be mesmerized by that car! You could visually dive into the paint job just like a lake of water." According to David, the car won trophies everywhere she went, "including the Oakland Roadster Show. While being trailer-ed one time many years ago, the tow vehicle blew a tire and both cars ended up off the road badly damaged." The Olds has been somewhat resurrected over a number of years and is back on the road. Unfortunately, it has lost all of her custom details and splendor, and she is painted a regular red.[2]


Magazine Features and Appearances

Rod & Custom September 1959


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