John Bozio 1953 Buick shown to the public again

REMEMBERING ITS IMPACT

John Bozio from East Hartford, Connecticut started customizing his Buick in the early sixties. He used some brand new car parts back then including the oval 1960 Plymouth steering wheel and Plymouth and T-bird interior components. John never finished the car after he had started to redo the car. He sold it and eventually Red McCormick bought it and put it back together in black primer. The car was offered for sale at the 1979 Hersey Swap Meet.

Bengt Sjöberg of Tibro, Sweden had been looking for a custom from the US for some time and his ‘special US eyes’ told him the Bozio Buick would be prefect. Bengt bought the car in 1979 at and had it shipped to his home in Sweden.

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Bengt Sjöberg with his Bozio Buick at the 2013 Jokers show

Here he pulled the Buick apart and started a complete restoration. Bengt showed the car at several Swedish shows in the early/mid 1980’s. Where ever Bengt brought his Buick the car was a big hit. A lot of car guys in Scandinavia that laid eyes on this car were lost to custom cars forever, including our own CCC contributor Per Webb, who photographed the car in 1983. A lot of people still remember the impact this car had on them. This Buick  inspired people to built their own custom cars as well.

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Per Webb took this photo of the Bozio Buick in 1983

After showing the car for some years, Bengt put it in his garage and did not show it to the public anymore. The car was still in perfect condition, but there was no interest or time to share it. Until the car was invited at the 2013 Jokers Car show in Tidaholm, Sweden. Here the car was one of the highlights of the show held June 7-8 – 2013. Wolf Christiansson had been looking forward to see the Buick again after so many year. According to Wolf it was the highlight of the year for him.

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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)

3 thoughts on “John Bozio 1953 Buick shown to the public again

  • July 23, 2013 at 20:48
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    Yes! This is it gang!
    I agree with Wolf, it has the same impact today as it had when I first laid eyes on it in the 80ies, I which I´d been to that Jokers Show. Thank you Rik for sharing!

  • August 15, 2013 at 16:56
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    It was the highlight of the year , I been wanting to see this car for soo many years since it was the car that made me intersted in custom cars . Big thanks to Bengt Sjöberg for showing me and others that attended Jokers , I hope you start showing it again , using it and inspiring new builds by new people !
    Wolf

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