Historic Hot Rods and Customs for Sale

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For Sale: Frank De Rosa's 1951 Mercury - Mercury 4 1951 Mercury owned and restyled by Frank De Rosa at De Rosa Custom Body and Fender. The build was started in 1978, and it was Frank's first custom in 25 years. In March of 2020, the car was advertised for sale on eBay. Listed without a reserve, the car was located in Reno, Nevada. For Sale: James Elmer Koski's 1955 Ford F100 Truck Mild custom truck, originally built and raced in Hayward, California in the early 1960s. It has been kept inside for the past 50 years or so, and it has not been driven since the Vietnam War started. Sold: Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Historic one-owner Alexander Brothers custom. September 19th, 2019 the Dave Jenkins Chevrolet will hit the auctions block. For Sale: Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala 1965 Chevrolet Impala owned and restyled by Bob Huffman of Norwalk, California. Bob bought the Impala brand new from Paramount Chevrolet in Downey, California in September of 1964. He paid $3100.00 for the car, took it home and started restyling it almost immediately. For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream Wild Dream is a show rod designed and built by Joe Wilhelm at Wilhelm's Custom Shop for John Hernandez. Built over a three year period, the wild rod featured a futuristic hand-formed aluminum body that was covered with 20 coats of purple metalflake paint. For Sale: Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick Century - The BuSonic Known as the "BuSonic," Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick was restyled by John Schott over a three year period. Completed in 1963, the list of modidications included canted quad headlights, hydraulic lifts and a sparkling Copper Metalflake paint job by Larry Watson. For Sale: Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick Riviera "The Golden Piranha" Frank De Rosa has been cutting up and customizing cars since 1943. In 1949 he opened up De Rosa Custom Body and Fender in Pittsburg, California, a shop that still is in business, operated by the De Rosa family. Frank has now turned 91 years old, and he has decided to sell off one of his old builds. For Sale: John North's 1957 Ford "White Pearl" 1957 Ford restyled by Riverside Auto Body for Choppers of Rockville President John North of Rockville, Connecticut. The car is also known as the "White Pearl". John purchased the Ford brand new in 1957, and it was immediately sent off for a restyling. For Sale: Ron Sweeney's 1957 Ford "Seaburst" 1957 Ford owned by Ron Sweeney of Gresham, Oregon. In 1962 Ron commissioned Von Hunter of Portland to restyle the car for him. The front end of the car was reshaped and fitted with frenched quad headlights, a rolled pan, and a special grille, made from stainless steel linoleum trim. Sold: Glen Patrick's 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster owned and restyled by Glen "Cat" Patrick of Beavercreek, Ohio. Glen built the Chevy after the Barris Kustoms built cars used in the 1958 movie High School Confidential. The car is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona. For Sale: John McLaughlin's 1955 Chevrolet In the late 1950s, John McLaughlin sent his in-progress custom on a train from Oklahoma to California, in order to have Barris Kustoms finish it up and paint it. Harry L. Mabe, who ran a car lot in Compton, bought the car in 1961, and the car stayed in the Mabe family until the 1990s. The old custom is now located in Pandora, Ohio, and current owner Jerry Kear has decided to put it up for sale. Sold: Rudy Makela's 1942 Cadillac - "WOW" T.J. Makela was born in Finland. In 1911 he came to Indianapolis, Indiana via Detroit, Michigan. At the time hundreds of Finns worked in automobile plants when Indianapolis was an automotive center. In 1925 T.J. founded Indianapolis Power Hammer Works, a custom body shop that made metal parts for automobiles and aircraft bodies. In the 1940s' T.J.'s son, Rudy made plans for a custom built Cadillac named the "WOW." For Sale: Don Broyles' 1932 Ford Roadster 1932 Ford roadster owned and built by Don Broyles of Dayton, Ohio. Don originally built the roadster in 1951. He wanted the car to sit low, so he Z'd the frame and channeled the body. The grille shell was filled and sectioned before Don installed a wraparound nerf bar. It was powered by a Ford Flathead V-8 engine and it sported a deep purple paint job. Since 1995 Ron Olfers of Austin, Texas has been the caretaker of the roadster. Ron has now decided that it's time to pass the torch. For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's 1939 Nash Coupe Joe Wilhelm of San Jose, California started doing custom work-part time on his own and others cars around 1945, and this 1939 Nash was his first custom. He bought the Nash right after the was in 1946 and immediately started customizing it. Joe went on to open up Wilhelm's Custom Shop in San Jose, and he owned the radically restyled Nash all the way up until the late 1960s or early 1970s. Luckily the car survived, and the historic Northern California custom is now currently up for sale. For Sale: Dean Jeffries' 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera In 1957 Dean Jeffries was a recognized custom painter and pinstriper working out of Barris Kustoms. As he wanted to expand his talents into customizing, he bought an almost brand new Porsche that he gutted inside and out. Once completed, the Carrera gathered 30 first place trophies in car shows throughout the whole country. Jack Walter bought the old custom in 1971. Since then he has restored the car twice. In 2007 he decided to take it all the way, and restore it back to how it looked when it was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom October 1959.


For Sale: Ron Courtney's 1951 Ford - The X-51
Ron Courtney of McMinnville, Oregon began restyling the X-51 in 1954. The build was completed two years later, and the radically restyled Ford hit the streets of McMinnville in 1956. After winning a lot of awards, and being featured in several magazines, Ron sold the car in 1959. It was involved in a traffic accident, and disappeared from the scene for a long time.
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For Sale: John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup
If you had 210000 SEK on you, what would be the smartest thing to invest in? I would used it to buy John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Model A Pickup John Svedberg of Vaggeryd, Sweden did a wonderful job restoring it back to how it was, preserving the paint, using correct parts and update it safety-wise. Built in the 1950s in California, rock solid with all the correct parts you wish your hot rod had!
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Sold: Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria was supposedly restyled by Downriver Modified member Ray Hosh of Detroit, Michigan in the 1950s. The headlights were molded to the fenders, a treatment similar to the one Bill Hines gave Marty Ribits' 1934 Ford cabriolet, another Downriver Modified car. According to Jack, Dick Dean supposedly built the fenders for Ernie Szelesi's 1934 Ford; "Ernie didn't like them, so Ray got them for his car."
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Sold: Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala - Little One
Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala was restyled by Cudahy Auto Body in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The build was started in 1960, and completed in 1961. It became a hit at the shows, winning several awards. In September of 2015 Marcus Edell of Castro Valley, California bought the old custom. It had spent the last 19 years in storage, and needed some cometic work in order to appear as it did in 1961.
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Sold: Jim Logue's 1954 Ford Convertible
What might have been the first ever hydraulic lifted car is currently up for sale. The lifted version of Jim Logue's 1954 Ford convertible, was completed in 1958. Jim used hydraulic lifts from aircraft surplus parts to raise and lower the front and rear suspension on his car. We have no exact date documenting when the build was completed, but we know that Jim's Ford had lifts installed when it was featured in Custom Cars February 1959.
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For Sale: Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury Convertible
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury convertible is currently up for grabs. Lloyd was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club, and his Merc was originally restyled in the late 1950s. Gary Wise of Olympia, Washington bought the car as a project in 1993. After buying it, he spent two decades bringing it back to the condition it appeared in in the custom car magazines of the early 1960s. The restoration was completed in 2014.
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Sold: Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet
Rumor has it that Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet was first restyled in 1958. In the early 1980s Red McCormick of East Hartford, Connecticut bought the car from Durham, Connecticut. Red sold it to Barry Atkins, who restored it and restyled it further. Today the car is owned by Marc M. of WIttmann, Arizona. Marc have two other projects that he needs to get done, so the Chevrolet is up for grabs.
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Cam Snappers of Newburyport's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
The Cam Snappers of Newburyport, Massachusetts was established in 1952. In 1954 they built this Olds powered channeled 1930 Ford Model A roadster. The car is still around, and in May of 2014 it was advertised for sale on Hemmings. Click here for more info...


Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge Truck
A unique piece of Vallejo hot rod history is currently up for grabs on eBay. Known as the "Barbecued Stovebolt" and the "Hybrid Hot Rod", Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge truck was built between 1946 and 1951. In 1952 the truck won first prize for originality at the Oakland Roadster Show. The car has been in storage for nearly 50 years, and it is in a complete and very good condition. Click here for more info...


Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford Convertible - The Parisienne
The Parisienne is an iconic East Coast Custom restyled by Richard "Korky" Korkes of Korky's Kustom Shop in Whippany, New Jersey in the late 1950s. The car was Korky's first claim to fame, and it received top awards in many shows and a lot of coverage in magazines. Today the car is owned by Korky's best friend Michael Gale Black. It is complete, but in a need of a total restoration. Click here for more info...


Bob Nordskog's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - The Asteroid
The Asteroid is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette that Barris Kustoms restyled for dry lakes racer Bob Nordskog in 1963. Bob bought the car brand new with intensions of having Barris restyle it. The Asteroid is still around, and it was recently restored back to how it first appeared in 1963. In January of 2014 the restored version of the car will be offered for sale at the Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction. More info...


Fred Cain's 1940 Ford
Fred Cain of Wilmington, Massachusetts started racing his chopped and channeled Ford coupe in 1948. In 1953 it gained national recognition when it was featured in Honk! August 1953. The magazine had a hard time defining the car, so they described it as a "Custom-Rod". Fifty years later the definition is still valid and relevant as the restored version of Fred's coupe was advertised for sale on eBay in October of 2013. More info...


Jerry Woodward's X2000
In 1962 Jerry Woodward of Provo, Utah entered a very futuristic, three-wheeled custom creation at the 1962 Grand National Roadster Show. The car, dubbed the X2000, is still around, and it was in September of 2013 advertised for sale on eBay. At the time, the car was in a mint unrestored condition. More info...


Ray Farhner's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Outer Limits
In 1963 Ray Farhner of Farhner Custom Shop in Kansas City, Missouri restyled a brand new 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. The car was brand new, and had less then 100 miles on it, but it had been badly damaged in a high speed crash. Featuring asymmetrical styling, Ray spent 6 weeks turning the wrecked Corvette in to a show car called Outer Limits. August 1-3, 2013 Outer Limits will be offered for sale at the Auctions of America California Collector Car Auction in Burbank, California. More info...


Leo Lyons' 1950 Mercury - The Ultra Modern Merc
Leo Lyons' 1950 Mercury, a very radical and futuristic custom creation is currently up for grabs. Leo built his Ultra Modern Merc over a span of 9 years. The one off a kind car was almost entirely crafted of aluminum. Once completed, it landed the cover of Custom Cars February 1960. Today the car is located in the Nor Cal Bay Area, and it really deserves to be bought and restored back to it's former glory.
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Dave Stuckey's 1965 Pontiac Catalina
In 1969, well known customizer Dave Stuckey of Stuckey Kustom in Kansas was still restyling cars like he did back in the 1950s. So when he set off to customize his own 1965 Pontiac Catalina, he decided to have it chopped, sectioned, channeled and lowered. After driving it for a while, Dave sold the car to David Schluck in 1972. David has now decided to part with his old custom, and his asking price is $30,000.00.
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Richard Zocchi's Second 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
In 1962 Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop restyled a 1962 Pontiac Grand prix for Richard Zocchi. About 40 years later Zocchi decided that he wanted a chopped clone of his old custom, so he commissioned Lucky 7 Customs of Antioch to build him one. The build was completed in 2002. The car is currently up for grabs, looking just as good as it did 11 years ago.
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Ray Farhner's X-Ray
The X-Ray, a futuristic show rod built by Missouri customizer Ray Farhner of Farhner Custom Shop, is currently up for sale. The car is located in Kansas City, and it has been painted yellow pearl with modern style graphics in the recesses. The X-Ray is a turnkey car, and it runs great. Asking price is $50,000.00.
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Gene Boucher's 1956 Ford - The Marquis
The Marquis is a radically customized 1956 Ford restyled by Bill Cushenbery of Cushenbery Custom Shop for Gene Boucher. The build took was two and a half year in the works before it made its debut in January of 1962. Gene kept the car until he passed away. After swapping hands a couple times, the old show car ended up with Bud Millard who had restored it back to show condition. Still owned by Bud, the car is currently up for sale.
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Harry Costa's 1941 Ford
Harry Costa is currently selling his 1941 Ford Convertible. Harry bought the car in 1953, and started customizing it shortly after he got it. The body was channeled 7 inches over the frame, the fenders were raised, hood sectioned and much more before Hall's Top Shop in Oakland fit the car with a padded top. The car still looks and runs good, and the asking price is $40 000.
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