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February 25, 2014

Larry Watson 1958 Pontiac

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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WATSON 1958 PONTIAC

Brilliant off-white Pearl with ice blue outlines on a huge 1858 Pontiac Bonneville.

A 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe is a huge car, people called cars like this a “land yacht”. But this did not prevent Larry Watson to paint this car in off white pearl, a color that made the car optically even bigger than it already was. Larry added fine outlines in ice blue around the body character lines which helped reduce the size of the car for the eye. With these accents Larry was able to make the pearl white painted car look very elegant.
 

This article shows a selection of photos 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. Or on the Custom Car Photo Archive.

CCC-Larry-Watson-58-Pontiac-01-WFirst version of the Pontiac Bonneville was done in the off white pearl only.

 
Before Larry added the pearl white paint the car was slightly customized. The Bonneville scripts on the trunk, and the hood and the trim pieces on top of the front fenders and on the trunk next to the Bonneville script were removed. But the door handles and even the “Bonneville” script on the front fenders was left in place. The car was lowered just the right amount and set on a nice size white wall tires dressed up with 1958 Dodge Lancer hubcaps, with dark blue painted centers. The interior looks the be stock, but there are only three photos of this car in the Lary Watson Collection and none of it shows the interior really well.
The first version of the car was done in the peal white only, but not long after it was done the unidentified owner took the car back to larry to have him add the outline accents.
 

CCC-Larry-Watson-58-Pontiac-03-WThe Bonneville letters where shaved of the hood and the chrome ornaments on the front fender tops where also removed. The subtile outlines accenting the hood and top of the front fender peaks are just outstanding.

 

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These outlines visually make up for the light main color of the car and optically “section” and lower the car without doing any actual body modifications. Larry added some thin lines in the light blue color surrounding the Pontiac starts on the rear fenders to break up this large section. And he also repeated this on the top of the fenders. The hood peak was also accentuated in the light blue color.
 

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The rear 3/4 photo shows the subtile lines added on the rear quarter panel breaking up this huge section. The raised section on the top that flows into the fake scoop was painted ice blue completely. The car also had a hitch with a  nice chrome cover. Possibly the owner was into speed boats as well. 

 

 

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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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4 Comments


  1. Great feature…. this is one of my favorite Watson cars right here. Any idea of whatever happened to this car ?


  2. very nice car. the subtle baby blue outlining is kool


  3. This has got to be one of the most subtle and underappreciated Watson efforts.
    It is tops in my book. If I had a 1958 Chevy Impala,
    it would be done exactly like this Pontiac.
    In fact, I think the treatment would be even more dramatic on the Impala!
    ~DZ



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