A photo of Bill Burnett's 1955 Ford
Crown Victoria taken at the 1957 Long Beach Renegades Car Club Renecade
. Bill was a member of the Renegades
, and it is a little unclear who actually restyled his car. According to old magazine articles, the work was performed by Barris Kustoms
, Dick Williams
, and Schelhaas Custom Shop
. The car ran a 1954 Chevrolet
grille that had been fitted with extra teeth. It was also nosed and decked, and the headlights had been frenched. Dean Jeffries
scalloped the car in gold before he decorated it with pinstripes on the body and dash. Later on in 1957
Bill sold the car to Larry Quatrone
. Larry paid $1800 for the car. As he was only 15 years old at the time, it sat in his backyard until he turned 16 and had a driver's license. Larry told Sondre Kvipt
that he believes that it was his father that really wanted the car! The Renegades
used to hang out at a house at the corner of Willow and Studebaker, two blocks from Larry's house, and as a little kid, he loved to go over and look at the cars when they were parked outside. Photo by George Contaoi
Notice the crazy head Dean painted on the hood. Photo by George Contaoi
The deck lid was also decorated with a crazy figure, pulling his guts out with its left hand, and shuving a nail in his ear with the right hand. Photo by George Contaoi
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George Contaoi of the San Bernardino Krankers, California was born in 1934. In 1949, he graduated from San Bernardino with a custom 1941 Ford Tudor. He later owned several custom cars, and is still active in the car scene. During the late 1940s and up to the late 1950s, he was quite active playing with the camera. George has shared his entire collection with Kustomrama, so keep tuned to see the upcomming photos.
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