The Jimmy Summers Photo Collection
Before Barris, there was Summers. Nearly 90 years have passed since Jimmy Summers started practicing custom bodywork. Ed Iskenderian and Alex Xydias remember Summers as the most popular pre-war customizer in Southern California. Dan Post believes he might have been the first one. Summers had been restyling cars for nearly two decades when Robert E. Petersen launched Hot Rod Magazine in January of 1948. Early information about him is rare. Information published after 1948 is also very limited. Jim passed away in 1968, taking most of the stories with him. Luckily for us, he left a couple of photo albums behind. Thanks to the Summers Family, most of these photos have now found their way to Kustomrama.
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