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April 30, 2014

The Barry Mazza Collection

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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BARRY MAZZA COLLECTION

The Custom Car Photo Archive started in 2004. The first collector who shared his photo collection with us was Barry Mazza. He loved what we did, and shared many of his photos and memories with us for everybody to enjoy.

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arry Mazza, long time Custom Car enthusiast, collector and car builder, has collected photos, info and memorabilia for as long as he can remembers. He has always shared his knowledge and collection with other enthusiasts, and when he found out about the Custom Car Photo Archive he decided that it would be the perfect place to share his collection and knowledge with a much wider audience. Barry’s amazing photo collection was and still is a huge hit on the the Custom Car Photo Archive. People from all over the world enjoy this collection. Some people got inspired by Barry’s collection and started to share their own photo collection with us, while other people decided to start similar sites to share their passion for Custom Cars.

When Barry started to share his personal collection with us, there was not much else out there on the internet. There was basically no other place you would be able to see these rarely seen snapshots and photos of custom cars from the golden era, at least not in the quantity and quality Barry was sharing. Most of the photos from Barry’s collection came with neat little stories, and information nowhere else to be found. Barry shared color photos of custom cars most of us had never seen in color, or versions of cars that had never been published before. Amazing material, from an amazing guy.

The Barry Mazza Collection on the Custom Car Photo Archive

This article shows only a very small selection of the Barry Mazza Collection. For the full experience please check out the Custom Car Photo Archive.
If you are not familiar with Barry Mazza. Barry Mazza is best known for restoring the Pisano/Barris built 1941 Buick for Herb Ogden. This car now belongs to the Kurt McCormick Collection. Barry also restored the Barris-built 1955 Chevy “The Aztec”. But he also built many other great custom cars or worked on cars from others.

Thank you Barry Mazza for sharing your collection with us custom car enthusiasts. 

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-04-WRare color photo of the George Cerny 1950 Plymouth shop truck parked in front of his shop.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-03-WBarris Kopper Kart in the Barris Kustoms Shop drive way.

 

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ccc-barry-mazza-collection-11-WThree photos of the Ayala/Barris built 1949 Mercury for Louis Bettancourt. These photos show the Barris version for Johnny Zupan

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-10-WJohnny Dragoo 1954 Mercury at an outdoor car show. The 1955 Chevy behind it was soon be transvered into the “Aztec” after this photo was taken.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-09-WBarry Mazza cleaning the 1950 Mercury he built inspired by the Ayala/Barris Louis Bettancourt Mercury.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-08-WRare photo of the Sam Barris 1952 Ford with the soft top up.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-07-WRare color photo of the Hirohate Mercury at an early 1950’s outdoor car show.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-06-WLater the Hirohata Mercury was repainted in lime gold. Here we can see the car at another outdoor show with the new paint and rare three bar spinner hubcaps.

 


ccc-barry-mazza-collection-05-WChuck deWitt’s 1950 Ford convertible built by the Barris Kustoms shop. Seen here at Bonneville in 1953.

 

ccc-barry-mazza-collection-13-WSaint Vasquez 1950 Chevy and Duane Steck’s 1954 Chevy parked at what looks like the Hollywood park race track parking lot show.

 


ccc-barry-mazza-collection-12-WPaul “Snooky” Janich 1941 Ford business Coupe by Barris Kustoms photographed in the late 1940’s.

 

Do you want to see more of the amazing collection from Barry Mazza. Check out his section on the Custom Car Photo Archive.

 

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Do you know about a Photo Collection that needs to be saved and shared.
Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

 

 

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About the Author

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)




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2 Comments


  1. Barry’s photos are great! I was lucky enough to meet him in person about 5 years ago. He is a very nice person, and a legend in the custom car field. Thanks for sharing your collection, Barry!


  2. Barry’s custom car photo collection is indeed impressive. Thanks Barry for having the insight to take/gather such a fine archive of images and, as Justin said already, for sharing them with us. Kudos to Rik for providing a place for us to view them too. You fellas are great!

    Dave



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