Tridents Rod Custom Autorama 1961

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Photo by George Barris. From www.barriskustomcity.com[1]
Photo by George Barris. From www.barriskustomcity.com[1]
Photo by George Barris. From www.barriskustomcity.com[1]
Photo by George Barris. From www.barriskustomcity.com[1]
Photo by George Barris. From www.barriskustomcity.com[1]
Bobby Darrin's Dream Car photographed at the 1961 Tridents Rod Custom Autorama indoor car shows. The futuristic custom, also known as the Di Dia 150 was designed by clothing designer Andy Di Dia and Bobby Darrin in 1953. It was brought alive by Clarkaiser Custom Shop in Detroit, Michigan. The seven-year build was completed in 1960, and according to Ed Roth, it was this car that gave him the idea for the bubble top on the Beatnik Bandit. Photo from The Steve Arnold Collection.
Joe DeSantin's 1959 Chevrolet custom photographed at the 1961 Tridents Rod Custom Autorama. Restyled by Kustom Associates of Burbank, California, front end modifications included a rolled pan, a custom mesh grille, rounded hood corners, and Imperial-type headlights. Photo from The Steve Arnold Collection.
Another photo of the 1959 Chevrolet custom from The Petersen Archive. The car is parked next to Delmar McCutcheon's 1955 Buick in the photo. Known as The Kandy Kane, Delmar's Buick featured a wild panel paint job by Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style. Photo by Bud Lang, courtesy of The Petersen Archive.

The 1961 Tridents Rod Custom Autorama was held April 18-32, 1961 at Los Angeles Sports Arena.


Cars Attending

Delmar McCutcheon's 1955 Buick - The Kandy Kane
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette - X-Sonic
Joe DeSantin's 1959 Chevrolet

Bobby Darrin's Dream Car



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