MADE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF CUSTOM CARS
One of the most incredible out door photos of the Golden Age of Custom cars is this birds eye point of view photo taken at the Custom Car and Hot Rods show held at the Thrifty’s drug store parking lot in Los Angeles May 15, 1954. This store was located at Rodeo Rd and LA Brea.
The photo shown here is a colorized version of the original black and white photo I did for the Rodder’s Journal #33 and their Annual Poster. The original Kolorized Photo is photoshopped to make it look a bit old.
There are some really amazing cars in this photo.
In the right row from top to bottom:
- Earl Bruce’s 1940 Ford coupe
- Fuzzy Luscari’s 1940 Ford pickup
- Bob McNeil’s black Chuck Porter-built 1932 Ford three window coupe
- unidentified 1929 Ford highboy
- Jack Pere and Lou Banta’s red track nose model T Ford
In the middle row from top to bottom:
- Bob Hirohata Barris built 1951 Mercury
- Ray More’s 1952 Ford which would later get a wonderful Larry Watson paint job in maroon and gold outlines
- Jay Johnston’s cream and orange version of his 1949 Ford
And in the Right row from top to bottom:
- Tommy Thornburgh’s 1947 Studebaker convertible built by Barris
- Don Carroll’s 1949 Ford convertible built by Gaylord
- Jack Nethercutt’s Barris built 1952 Oldsmobile
- Buster Litton Barris/Cerny built 1949 Ford
- Chuck DeWitt’s Barris built 1950 Ford convertible
- Jesse Lopez Barris built 1941 Ford coupe by now owned by Danny Lares which can be seen by the longer piece of side trim on the hood, something Danny had Barris added to the car after he bought it from Jesse.
- The last car in this row is an unidentified mild customized 1953 Ford coupe.
On the far left in the bottom we can also see the front end of the Bettancourt Mercury pecking into the photo. And hard to spot is another unidentified Custom Roadster all the way on the top to the right parked on the street in front of the red Chevy. So far I have not been able to figure out who’s car is it, but it looks to be based on a 1940’s Cadillac or Buick Convertible.
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