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Larry Watson Painted Porsches




Larry Watson painted a large number of Sports Cars and Foreign Exotics, including a number of Porsches THis article shows a selection of the Larry Watson Painted Porsches from his Personal Collection.

[box_light]This article shows a selection of photos of Larry Watson painted Porsches. AllĀ theseĀ photos come from the Larry Watson Personal Photo Collection. More on Larry’s personal collection can be found in theĀ Larry Watson sectionĀ on the CCC-Site. Special thanks to Roger O’Dell for scanning this amazing material and sharing them with us on the Custom Car Chronicle.[/box_light]

Larry Watson became well known for his pin-striping, his flame, outline, panel and other special effect paint jobs in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. But towards the later part of the 1960’s Larry started doing more an more single color paint jobs. Still special paints, custom mixed candies, pearls and metalflake, but without all the extra work of painstakingly masking off flames, panels, outline or scallops. The time was right for the super straight unique colors Larry was able to put onto the cars. Larry loved doing these, since he could handle much more cars this way, and the results was very effective and his cars still won best paint prizes ever were they went.Ā From the late 1960’s till up in the 1980’s Larry painted a lot of cars with special paint, but just single colors. Custom Cars, Hot Rods, and even foreign exotic cars. Unusual to see those without an factory approved paint job today, but back then it was done a lot. Larry painted quite a few Porsches with special paints. Otherwise completely stock Spots Cars, just with a wonderful Custom Paint-job to satisfy the customer, and make him stand out from the crowd.

A lot of these Porsches were painted when Larry was at his 5576 Melrose Hollywood shop from which he operated from 1972 till around 1977. I’m not a Porsche expert, so I will let these photo tell the story.

Larry painted this Porsche in a beautiful Candy Red paint photographed here fresh out of the paint booth. Notice that all the windows remained in the car and are taped off. The door handles were also taped, but some other details and trim pieces were removed.Ā 

Same car all finished and put back together again. In shop another Porsche is being prepped for another Larry Watson paint-job.

The building in the background is theĀ Paramount Studios,Ā Larry shop is out of the picture to the right.

Rainbow Porsches
During the 1970’sĀ Larry Watson did a series of candy over pearl fade away Rainbow paint-jobs he did several for Ricky Cooper. Spectacular paint-jobs which showed Larry’s increadible steady hand, and skills to get candy paint on very even, especially on the faded sections. Larry paintedĀ at least threeĀ porsches in his Rainbow colors.

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Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

2 thoughts on “Larry Watson Painted Porsches

  • Interesting to see how Mr Watson changed his game to stay current and in business….
    Love the receipt for the paint job. That amount wouldn’t even cover material costs today.

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