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Early Custom Cars

41 Merc Fade-Away Convertible

Posted  April 3, 2019  by  Rik Hoving

41 MERC FADE-AWAY Convertible 1941 Mercury Convertible with full fadeaway fenders and chopped padded top. A Mystery Published Custom Car. Over the years I have come across a lot of Unidentified Custom Car photos in the early Custom Car Publications. Mystery Customs that appeared in just a single publication, and sometimes even in multiple magazines […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

Palle Johansen 47 Caddy Introduction

Posted  April 1, 2019  by  Rik Hoving

PALLE JOHANSEN 47 CADDY After many years in the works, Palle Johansens 1947 Cadillac Padded Topped Convertible Kustom is finally ready – enough – for its debut. For the last few years Palle has been working on and off on his 1947 Cadillac Kustom. Adding all the details he has had in his mind for […]

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Car Shows

Custom Car Revival 2019

Posted  February 21, 2019  by  Rik Hoving

CCR 2019 Time to block the date for the Custom Car Revival, the All Traditional Custom Car Show in Indianapolis in your agenda. This year the registration only event will be held on Saturday June 8, 2019 Mark your calendar for the 100% all traditional Custom Car Show. The 2019 event will start on Thursday […]

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Larry Watson

Larry Watson 57 Chevies

Posted  February 9, 2019  by  Rik Hoving

LARRY WATSON 57 CHEVIES Larry Watson Painted a great number of 1957 Chevies in his career, some mild with only added scallops, and some very wild with full pearl and Candy paint jobs. The 1957 Chevy is the one of the always popular Tri-Five Chevies 1955-1956 and 1957 that gets the least customized, at least […]

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DIGITAL RESTYLING

41 Mercury Sedan Conv

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Rik Hoving

Digital Restyling the 1941 Mercury Sedan. Inspired by the Barris Joe Urritta 1941 Ford and Harry Bradley Designs 41 Mercury Sedan Conv. In 1949 Sam Barris restyled a 1941 Ford two door Sedan for owner Joe Urritta. The most exceptional concept of this car was that Sam turned it from a regular sedan to a […]

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