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THE CCC ITEM ARCHIVES
 

 

Barris Mystery Parked Car

  BARRIS MYSTERY PARKED CAR   In 1994 I saw a Mystery Car in the background of one photo taken at the Barris Shop. The shape of the top intrigued me, and I wanted to know more abo...
by Rik Hoving
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Horizontal Custom Grilles

  HORIZONTAL CUSTOM GRILLES From early in the 1940s Custom Restylers started to experiment with new and wider grille designs. These wide custom grilles gave the cars a beautiful modern...
by Rik Hoving
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The Original Kustoms of America

  ORIGINAL KUSTOMS of AMERICA   1954 the Custom Car business was booming Nation wide. Time for George Barris to take the Custom Car Club to a new level. Kustoms Of America was fou...
by David/Michelle
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Horns Used Car 36 Ford

  HORNS Used Car 36 FORD   In 1941 Willis Horn from Marysville California purchased a Custom 1936 Ford Chopped Coupe from and Hot Rod Shop. Since 1973 it is owned by grandson Jeff...
by Rik Hoving
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Victoria Custom Stories

  VICTORIA CUSTOM STORIES   The stories that go along with the old pictures of early custom cars are sometimes just as interesting as the cars themselves. By Tom Nielsen I have tr...
by Tom Nielsen
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LIFE magazine photo shoot at Barris

  LIFE Magazine photo shoot at BARRIS   In the early 1950s several non car related magazines did some magazine features on Custom Cars. One of them was Life Magazine, or at least ...
by Rik Hoving
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Johnny Zaro 1941 Ford

  JOHNNY ZARO 1941 FORD   Originally created for John Vara by George Barris. This radical full fade away fendered 1941 Ford padded topped Convertible is best known as the Johnny Z...
by Rik Hoving
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Balboa Beach Rendezvous Ballroom

  BALBOA BEACH Rendezvous Ballroom   From 1948 till 1951 the Kustoms Los Angles Car Club would cruise down to Balboa Beach for Easter Ballweek. Free Custom Car show on the parkin...
by Rik Hoving
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GSII Glow in the Dark Tires

  GSII GLOW in the DARK TIRES   Jim Skonzakes had created his Golden Sahara II around 1958, filled with the latest technology. When Goodyear developed a glow in the dark tire in t...
by Rik Hoving
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Al Glickman 1949 Mercury

  AL GLICKMAN 1949 MERCURY   Al Glickman 1949 Mercury Hop Up Magazine cover Custom was restyled by Gil and Al Ayala at Gils Auto Body Works. An uniquely restyled full Custom Merc ...
by Rik Hoving
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Early Custom Car Color Photos

  EARLY CUSTOM CAR COLOR PHOTOS   A closer look at the Color photos taken of Custom Cars in the early developing years of the Color Photography. Pre 1950 Early Custom Car Color ph...
by Rik Hoving
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Shaved Door Handles

  SHAVED DOOR HANDLES   Shaving the door handles of your car for that Ultra Smooth Custom Look was one of the major trends in the early to mid 1950s. The history of Shaved Door Ha...
by Rik Hoving
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Buster Litton and Friends

  BUSTER LITTON and FRIENDS   Buster Litton and Ron Roach pay several visits to Rob Radcliffe in Temecula California. They are checking out the progress on the Buster Litton Con...
by Rik Hoving
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Saoutchik Plastic Steering Wheel

  SAOUTCHIK PLASTIC STEERING WHEEL   In the late 1940s Custom builders experimented with the use of plastics in Custom Cars. One of their inspiration sources was the lucite steeri...
by Rik Hoving
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A Trip to Custom City

  A TRIP to CUSTOM CITY   In the 1940s and 1950s there were several second hand Hot Rod and Custom Car lots around. Custom City was one of them. John Hellmuth shared some color sl...
by Rik Hoving
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Early Flipper Hubcaps

  EARLY FLIPPER HUBCAPS   In the mid and late part of the 1930s the industry started to create the first Custom Car accessory parts. Lets take a closer look at an very early Flipp...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Fairman 1936 Ford Coupe

  BOB FAIRMAN 1936 FORD   Around 1941 Jimmy Summers and Bob Fairman create this full Custom 1936 Ford Coupe with fade away fenders. A trend setting Custom Car Icon. The first time...
by Rik Hoving
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