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    Rik Hoving
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    I was emailing with a friend of mine about how he loves to look at old movies from the 1940’s and early 1950’s to see if he can spot some Custom Cars or Hot Rods in the back grounds… driving by, or parked in the streets during the filming.

    For many years I have done a similar things.. only not with movies, but with photos. I love to look at the background of photos to see if there are any Custom Cars to be seen… by accident. A lot of the Dry-Lake photos from the 1940’s have some neat customs in the parking area showing in some photos. But the best once are those regular snapshots taken from people, buildings, or perhaps ordinary cars that show these Accidental Custom Cars in them…

    Here are some I have found over the years, some have been send to me by friends.

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    #40957

    Paul Garland
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    Those are amazing! I always try to explain to people how striking customs on the street must have been back then

    #40960

    Torchie
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    Great pics Rik.
    I agree with Paul. It still tickles me to see a legit custom out on the road.
    You should start a thread called. “Spot the Custom”
    Torchie

    #41028

    Harley Peters
    Participant

    Great photos. I love the idea of hunting them out and see the cars in daily use.

    #41030

    Great topic! I’m sure we all scan the “perifery” in old movies and photos for a quick peek at a custom in the scene. Here’s one I like:

    Dave

    Jus' creepin' along..

    #41066

    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    Love that one Dave…

    Here are a few more… some better than others.

    First one is a very mild 41 Ford with some custom hubcaps on the far right.

    Early 36 Ford convertible mildy restyled.

    Nice coupe on the street corner.

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    #41146

    Paul Garland
    Participant

    I love these pictures. It is neat to see what was actually on the road, not just the show cars we are used to seeing

    #41166

    1KoolMoFo
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    WOW some GREAT pics!!!!!

    #41307

    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    Here are the two images from two old movies that started the discussion about these hidden Customs in movies and photos with my friend David.

    The 1952 Movie Hold that line shows a nicely done chopped with panoramic rear window padded toped 1936 Ford roadster with the running boards removed in the background at the beginning of the movie.

    And the 1946 Movie Blue Dahlia shows a unidentified Perhaps Mopar based Roadster with chopped windshield and padded top. Hard to see in the movie, and hard to take a screen shot from. Interesting Coachbuilt kind of a custom.

    Thank you David for sharing these.

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    #41722

    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    I really like this 1947 picture. Not really a custom, but the green 1940 Chevy uses single bar flipper hubcaps, clear fog lights and skirts… Dressed up to look good.

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    #41723

    Dave Tartaglia
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    Here is one I found. A nice, mostly stock 1941 Packard with skirts overlooking the oil fields of Los Angeles at Signal Hill.
    I believe the photo was taken my famed Life Magazine photographer, Margaret Bourke White.

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    #41725

    Dave Tartaglia
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    How about this nice Chevelle lowrider in a parking lot. Not sure where this came from.

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    Dave Tartaglia
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    A Porsche 356-A with a bubble top?

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    Rik Hoving
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    #43901

    Rik Hoving
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    1949 photo.
    The 32 Ford Roadster is very nice… but what about that in progress 1941 Ford in the shop? Anybody recognize this place… who’s shop is this?

    Close up of the 41 inside the shop.

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