Joe Flowers' 1956 Chevrolet

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A photo the Venus taken at an indoor car show circa September 1960. Photo from The Roger Lick Photo Collection.
An album containing a photo of the Venus at the 1960 National Champion Custom Car Show in Detroit was listed for sale on eBay in October 2011.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Joe Flowers of Colombus, Ohio. The car was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles. Antennas were tunneled behind the headlights and a late Buick grille was installed up front. The engine compartment was fully upholstered and a lot of components were chrome plated. The side-trim was modified by installing a front piece trim to the rear quarter sections, which gave the car a longer and sleeker appearance. The rear end was restyled by molding in a 1955 Pontiac grille shelf, making the rear end rolled. Split bumper halves were made from front bumper sections from a 1955 Buick. 1956 Lincoln taillights were nicely frenched and hooded. The car was fit with a Parisian-type roof and chromed lakes pipes, housed in frenched sheath. The interior was fit with button-tuffed swivel seats, angora-like rugs, white safety belts, padded dash, white phone, customized panel knobs etc.[1]

In 1960 the Venus won the Semi Radical Custom Class at the first annual National Champion Custom Car Show in Detroit.

Magazine Features

Rodding and Re-styling January 1961



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