Stan Makrush's 1955 Chevrolet
1955 Chevrolet Convertible owned by Stan Makrush of Foxboro, Massachusetts. The work on Stan's car was done by Stan, Norman Bernier and Bert Rainville. The car, known as the Gypsy, was fit with canted dual quad headlights and a custom grille bar up front. The hood and trunk were dechromed before 1956 Buick portholes were installed on the hood. The front bumper was replaced by a 1958 Chevrolet bumper, and the rear bumper was replaced by a 1957 Ford unit. The exhaust was routed through the Ford bumper. The door handles were shaved and replaced by 1947 Lincoln push buttons. The rear quarter were extended 25 inches and reworked to house semi-frenched Packard lenses. A 1956 Ford continental kit was reworked to fit the car, before the continental face plate was hand painted. Extended cruiser skirts were reworked and installed before the car was lowered up front and in the rear for a proper stance. The interior, trunk and hood were upholstered by George Red Leightor. Rocky did the pinstriping. An early version of the car was shown at the 1958 Westchester Autorama of Rods and Customs, and the first annual Hot Rod & Custom Car World's Fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Gypsy was also entered at the 1959 Mardi Gras Autorama. and the third annual Springfield Autorama in 1960. A photo of the car from the show was printed in Customs Illustrated March 1961. A later version of the Gypsy featured side pipes and spider web pinstriping on the taillight lenses.
Stan sold tickets for the Gypsy, and the car was eventually raffled away at a car show.
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