CALVIN WIEKAMP 55 MERCURY
Painted by Larry Watson in late 1957, early 1958 is this mild customized 1955 Mercury with wild scallops in silver and dark purple. The ‘Snake Wagon”.
Calvin Wiekamp from Bellflower,California took his 1955 Mercury Hardtop to Larry for a scallop job. The car was mildly customized with lowered suspension, emblem removal from the fenders, trunk and hood. The grille teeth section as removed for a more aggressive look. Calvin had full length lake pipes and dummy spotlights installed and a set of three bar flipper hubcaps on medium white wall tires to fit the style of the era it was built. The interior in bright red and white tuck and roll with a bright red dash and steering wheel look brilliant in the lavender metallic paint.
Larry was aways looking for new ideas and something different to do on each car he worked on, especially in the early years. For Calvin’s Mercury he designed flowing scallops and spade shaped elements for the fenders. And to make them really special he painted them in silver for the base. This was followed with a fading stripe pattern done in very dark purple. The completed scallops were outlined in white. The end result was a very wild paint job that made it into quite a few magazines. Because of the looks of the stripped scallops Larry nick named the car ‘ Snake Wagon”. Most likely this wild paint job on Calvin’s Mercury got Larry a lot of new customers. However this style of fogged scallops would not be repeated by Larry.
[box_light]This article shows a selection of photos of a car painted by Larry Watson. The photos come from the Larry Watson Personal Photo Collection. More on Larry’s personal collection can be found in the Larry Watson section on the CCC-Site. Or on the Custom Car Photo Archive.[/box_light]
From this birds eye point of view you can see the “movement” the shape and pattern of the scallops create. This photo was most likely taken by Jim Potter and a print given to Larry, for his own personal Collection.
It looks like several of Larry Watson painted customs drove out to a park for a photo shoot. Possibly with James Potter as the photograver. In the background of this photo we can see Larry’s Grapevine 1950 Chevy, and possibly another car as well.
Two photos (top and bottom) taken by Jim Potter show Larry watson fake painting Al Lazarus his 1955 Chevy. With Calvin’s ’55 Mercury in the background. the blue and baby blue scalloped Chevy is Gerald Twamley ’53 Chevy.
Resources and more info
- Motor Trend Magazine, February 1958
- Custom Cars 1959 Annual, Trend Book 175
- Custom Rodder magazine, November 1959
- James Potter Kustomland, book by Thom Taylor (ISBN 978-0-7603-2259-8)
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