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Bill Henderson's 1939 Mercury Convertible of Los Angeles, California. Bill bought the Merc when he was 14 years old. In the mid to late 1940s he worked for Barris Kustoms, and they taught him how to customize cars, while he was working on the Merc. Bill was a friend with Bill Gaylord, and he used to talk about the car having a padded top by Gaylord's Kustom Shop.
Tom Piantkoski's 1948 Mercury Convertible of New Jersey. Tom bought the car in California in the early 1950s. By then the top had been chopped 5 1/2 inches, and the car had been fitted with a padded top by Carson Top Shop.
Edward Meritai's 1950 Ford of East Paterson, New Jersey. Restyled by Monego's Body Shop, the build was completed in 1958 featuring a white vinyl removable top.
George Egan's 1950 Ford Convertible of New Jersey. George was a member of the Drivin Deuces car club. Known as "The Apollo," the second iteration of Egan's Ford was restyled in the 1960s. It ran a chopped wraparound windshield and a padded top.
Kalle Jonasson's 1939 Mercury Convertible of Costa Mesa, California. Originally restyled in the 1940s or the 1950s. An earlier iteration of Kalle's Mercury was supposedly spotted in Lynwood, California in 1958. By 1963, it had been repainted in Green Metalflake, and an old photo shows it sitting at a car dealership in San Diego. Kalle bought the car in May of 1978 and spent two years restoring it, giving it his own look.

Custom Cars Featuring Padded Tops

Bill Henderson's 1939 Mercury Convertible
Kalle Jonasson's 1939 Mercury Convertible
Tom Piantkoski's 1948 Mercury Convertible
Edward Meritai's 1950 Ford
George Egan's 1950 Ford Convertible - The Apollo


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