1960s Custom T-Bird for sale




Built for Jimmy Giminez by Joe Ortiz and Tony Del Rio from Hayward, California over a two year period. This historical custom won big awards at the Grand National Car Show in 1962. (UPDATE, August 19, Auction has ended reserve was not met, car did not sell)

The completely restyled front end features two grille cavities encompassing the Edsel quad lights. All body seams have been hammer-welded to avoid an excess of leading. The rear has been extended 18 inches in a unique manner. The tunneled fins house 59 Merc blinkers. The interior uses two streamlined head rests which were created from headlight buckets. Jerry Sahagon was responsible for the original interior.



This is how Jimmy’s 1956 T-Bird looked in the early 1960’s when it was displayed at the famous car shows.

The car is completely rebuilt in recent years by Ron Bueno and unfortunately updated with some modern stuff. But most of that can be removed and the car can be brought back to how it looked in the early 1960’s.






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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 “1960s Custom T-Bird for sale

  • August 3, 2013 at 16:19

    I remember this Thunderbird well.
    It’s styling was way ahead of it’s time.
    It is still a beautiful custom.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • August 4, 2013 at 06:00

    I saw this beauty in person, I can’t remember where but it was purple. In the rear view photograph, if only the photographer saw the view I did. Imagine standing about 1 foot away from the trunk, look down, and the three edges are floating in space. It was a work of art.

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