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THE CCC ITEM ARCHIVES
 

 

The first chopped 49-50 Mercury?

  FIRST CHOPPED 49-50 MERCURY   Who was the first one to chop the top of the 1949-1951 Mercury, the quintessential Custom Car? This is a question that has been on the minds of a l...
by Rik Hoving
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CLASSIC CADDY

  1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE   In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 1941 Cadillac convertible Custom. These very interesting in 1946 taken photos show a car tha...
by Rik Hoving
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1936 Ford sedan for sale in 1949.

  A STUNNING UNKNOWN   Mark Murray has been sharing some amazing early custom car photos with the Custom Car Photo Archive for some years. This collection of photos used to belong...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 1

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 1   Custom Car photographer Marcia Campbell and Sam Barris were good friends. When Sam chopped the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury Marcia took a seri...
by Rik Hoving
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The Mark Murray Collection: Buddy Ohanesian Mercury

WESTERGARD BERTOLUCCI MERCURY ON THE SALT We have been sharing some fine examples of the Mark Murray Collection before. This time you can see four snapshots taken most likely at an early 19...
by Rik Hoving
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1954 Petersen’s Motorama

AMAZING 1954 COLOR PHOTOS The Petersen’s show, held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, was THE place to be, and the place to be seen in the automotive world. A short introduction to the Peter...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 3

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 3   Part three in the series on the Chopping the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury by Sam Barris. Finishing the Mercury in white primer, and showing...
by Rik Hoving
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McClarens Ayala Shoebox

  MCCLARENS AYALA SHOEBOX   Bruce Bartlett share another great photo with us, Jim McClaren’s chopped 1949 Ford Coupe. (Updated on June 07, 2015, with three photos taken at t...
by Rik Hoving
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Canted Quad Lights

Canted Quad Lights

  CANTED QUAD LIGHTS   Canted Quad Headlights on Customs, a trend started in 1957 highlighted in the early 1960’s. By the mid 60s it was all over, time to bring back the st...
by Tom Nielsen
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Larry Watson lace

Larry Watson Lace Painting

  WATSON LACE PAINTING   Larry Watson often gets credits for inventing the lace paint job on cars. But it was actually a Von Dutch story that inspired Larry to start experimenting...
by Rik Hoving
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What’s in a Name?

  WHAT’S IN A NAME?   The trend originated from Motor Boats and WWII airplanes found its way into the Custom Car and Hot Rod scene in the 1950s. It is still going strong ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Dave Kyte’s Watson Painted 1955 Mercury

WATSONS WILDEST CUSTOM PAINT JOB Larry Watson was known for his incredible paint jobs. From wild flames, lace or scallops, to super straight, single tone pearls, and candies. But I think th...
by Rik Hoving
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Mid 50’s Outdoor Car Shows part 3

OUTDOOR CAR SHOWS 3 Part three in the series of Ina Mae Overman’s mid-late 1950’s outdoor car shows. This time we take a closer look at the Car Show photos taken at Hollywood P...
by Rik Hoving
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Hometown Custom

  HOMETOWN CUSTOM   It is unusual now as well as back in the fifties for a custom car to change hands many times, yet remain in the same city where it was originally built. By Tom...
by Tom Nielsen
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Watsons Saint Vasquez 50 Chevy

  SAINT VASQUEZ 50 CHEVY   Larry Watson designed and painted Saint Vasquez his 1950 Chevy with one of the most outstanding and trend setting scallop paint job.      ...
by Rik Hoving
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Watson Jerry Preston 59 El Camino

  JERRY PRESTON 59 EL CAMINO Besides having one of Larry Watson’s first panel job on his 1954 Ford, Jerry Preston also owned a 1959 Chevy El-Camino that he had customized by Bill...
by Rik Hoving
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Dale Runyon Part two

  DALE RUNYON PART TWO   In this second part of the Dale Runyon story we concentrate on two of Dale’s fine custom Convertibles, of which one survived. By Tom Nielsen.  ...
by Tom Nielsen
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