The 1955 Phantom Hawk

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The 1955 Phantom Hawk is an old, so far unknown custom build. With the size of a 356 Porsche, the car highly resembles the 1955 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car. According to later owner John Yasenko of Nebo, Illinois, the car was built on a 1933 - 1934 Ford chassis, and the inner fenders are actually 1933 - 1934 Ford fenders. Featuring a straight axle up front, and an adjustable rear link suspension, John believes the car was first Flathead powered, as the removable floor hump has an identical shape to the flathead. "It was not a novice build," John explains, adding that it was painted top to bottom in red when it was first built. "It was repainted three times in its show life, people cared." Four bolts remove the complete front end sheet metal clip bonnet. Part of the roof and doors are from a 1953 Studebaker, so after becoming the caretaker of the car, John decided to name it the "1955 Phantom Hawk."

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John bought the old custom out of Iowa around 2010. Back then, he was told that it was built by a custom car builder in Nebraska that moved to Kansas before ending up in California. "We originally bought it because it was such a unique build for a custom." John is currently trying to trace the history of the car, and he would like to find more info about the car and the builder. Does it look familiar to you? Please get in touch with us at if you have any information to share about the Phantom Hawk.


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