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. All these 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. 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. 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.
During the 1970’s 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 painted at least three porsches in his Rainbow colors.
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