Jerry Sahagon's 1951 Chevrolet

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Photo by Bob D'Olivio
Photo by George Barris
Photo from the Ron Brooks collection.
Photo by Bob D'Olivio
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Photo by Bob D'Olivio
Photo by Bob D'Olivio
Photo by Bob D'Olivio
Photo by Bob D'Olivio
Photo by Bob D'Olivio
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Jerrys Chevrolet was nominated as one of "The 10 Best Customs" in Custom Cars January 1958.
The second iteration of Jerry's Chevrolet featuring canted quad headlights. Taken at the 1960 San Mateo Custom, Rod & Sports Car Show in January of 1960, this photo appeared in Car Craft July 1960. Photo courtesy of Car Craft Magazine.
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Photo from the Ron Brooks collection.
A close-up shot of the front bumper on Jerry's Chevrolet was published in Custom Cars February 1960, in a story titled "What's new in - BUMPERS?" The story outlined the latest trends in custom bumpers, and it described Jerry's bumper as "A potpourri of special tubes, bullets etc.". Photo courtesy of Custom Cars Magazine.
The third version of Jerry's car sporting body and paintwork by Joe Ortiz. Photo is taken at the 1960 National Roadster Show. Photo from the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Photo from the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Jerry's Chevrolet at the first Hayward Custom Auto Review show held in early May 1960 at Perry and Key Body Shop.
Another photo from the Hayward Custom Auto Review. This one was published in the Daily Review may 7, 1960.

1951 Chevrolet Club Coupe originally restyled by Bailon's Custom Shop for Satan's Angels member Jerry Sahagon of Hayward, California. Jerry worked hand in hand with Bailon customizing his Chevy. The unique grille consisted of two 1954 Buick bumpers and bullets, round center bars and seven 1953 Mercury teeths were placed in the upper grille cavity. The scooped headlights were frenched using 1954 Mercury headlight rims. Small air-scoops, featuring five 1953 Mercury trim teeth, were crafted onto the rear fenders. 1956 DeSoto taillights were grafted onto the extended rear fenders. The rear bumper was taken from a 1953 Oldsmobile. Jerry's car was lowered six inches both rear and aft. The car was decked and shaved for handles, but the side trim and hood molding were kept stock. The Chevy rolled on wide white walls with Oldsmobile Fiesta hubcaps. Once the body was completed, the car was painted in Bailon's own mixture of "Candy Apple". Jerry's car was actually the first car ever to be painted Candy Apple red. About five months and $500 later, Jerry's Club Coupe was finished.[1]


Custom Cars 10 Best Customs

Jerry's Chevrolet was nominated as one of "The 10 Best Customs" in the January 1958 issue of Custom Cars Magazine.[2]


Canted Quad Headlights, Chopped Top, and Scallop Paint Job

Jerry's Chevrolet was later restyled by Joe Ortiz. The Bailon restyled front was placed onto a second car and modified to accept a pair of canted quad headlights.[3] The top on the second car, also a 1951 Chevrolet, was chopped 6 inches and fitted with a one-piece windshield. This time the side trim and hood molding were shaved. Dual spotlights, lakes pipes and special made hub caps were added. A hand formed scoop was grafted on to the hood, custom taillights were tunneled on the quarter panels and the rear of the car was modified to accept a custom-made bumper. The rear wheel openings were reshaped, and two peaks were molded on to the deck lid. Jerry's Chevrolet was later shown at the 1960 National Roadster Show. By then it featured a pleated and tufted Naugahyde and velvet interior stitched by Jerry himself. The car had also received a Pearl White and Chicano Purple scallop paint job by Joe Ortiz.[4]


Magazine Features

Car Craft July 1957
Trend Book 133 Custom Cars 1957 Annual
Custom Cars January 1958
Car Craft April 1958
Custom Cars February 1960
Car Craft July 1960
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual


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