QUINTELL 56 ALBUM
Nor Cal Custom Enthusiast Ron Brooks has an amazing collection of Custom Car Historic material, and the great thing is, he loves to share it. This time Ron shares Swanx member John Quintals photo album pages from 1956 with us.
The original Swanx banner hand stiched in 1953. (From the Swanx Vallejo facebook page)
Ron Brooks has shared some great material from Oakland Swanx Car Club member John Quintal 1956 Photo album with us. The scans were made of copied pages of this album, hence the bit blurry effect on some of the material. John created this album from the roads trips he, andhis fellow Swanx members made showing their cars in California. The photos shown here are all from 1956, and most of them come from the trip John and the guys made to Los Angeles when they visited the 1956 MotoRama show with their cars.
John Quintal owned a mildly customized in a nice 1940’s style 35 ford Roadster. There are no photos of John’s album at the LA Motorama show, so most likely he did not bring his own car to this event. The photo showing John’s Ford was taken at the 1959 Oakland Roadster Show, closer to home. Ron Brooks has heard many stories from the early/mid 1950’s Nor Cal car club members, and how they went on the road trip to the famous Los Angeles shows. Those trips where a real big deal back then. Hence the many snapshots taken, and the creation of the album. Lets take a closer look at some of the photos from John Quintal 1956 Album.
John’s album contained two photos of this really uniquely styled 1951 Studebaker at the LA MotoRama show. Sadly there is no info given on who owned the car or who created it, and so far we also have not been able to find out anything about it. First time we have ever seen this car.
Swanx member Ted Leventhal posing with his 1950 Chevrolet convertible that was restyled by Emory Robinson’s Custom Shop. Mel Pinoli’s Body & Paint Shop added the green Candy Apple paint in 1955. Which is also known as the very first car painted in a transparent color which would later be known as as Candy Apple.
Barris Kustoms restyled Cadillac Lemans show car. The listed value of $52,000 must have made a huge impact on John.. and most likely many people in 1956. Thats the Barris Wild Kat Pick up in the background.
John also included this snapshot of George Barris driving a Barris Kustoms painted midget on the same page which showed the Cadillac Lemans., although the markings indicate the photo was taken at a different show in Monterey, sadly we cannot read the year in the top right corner.
Manny thanks to John Quital for creating this great Album and Ron Brooks for scanning and sharing it with us.
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