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Another Valley Custom Shop Car found


We at the Custom Car Chronicle just heard the news that the Ray Charbonneau’s 1953 Studebaker customized by the Valley Custom Shop has been found and will be restored back to how it looked in the mid 1950’s.

We have no details about this yet, only two photos of the car showing some front end damage and missing the wonderful hand made grille.
Ray’s car had a four page feature article in the January 1956 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine. One of the cars high lights was the hand made wire and chrome plated grille. At this point we are not sure if this part is actually missing or perhaps damage from an apparent front end accident.

We will keep you posted and will update this post as we found out more.

Up to date info on the car car be found on the CCC-FORUM






The above three photos show how the car looks today.



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)

One thought on “Another Valley Custom Shop Car found

  • What an exciting find! I look forward to learning more. Not much rust…just some dents, dings, and grunge. Very cool it survived!


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