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Exported Historic US Customs

Posted  July 26, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  EXPORTED HISTORIC US CUSTOMS   In the last decade or so several American Historic Custom Cars have been bought by new overseas owners. Exported Historic US Customs. Recently (July 2017), an early 1940’s Custom Restyled 1941 Cadillac from the California Bay area was sold to a new owner in Australia. The historic Custom Car […]

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Custom History

Bob Sorrell Custom Roadster

Posted  July 24, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB SORRELL Custom Roadster   Around 1948 Bob Sorrell sets out to create an unique Custom Roadster using 1941 Mercury and 1940 Lincoln body parts. Bob Sorrel was a well known designer/engineer and craftsman who is best know for his Aluminum and Fiberglass Sports Cars, which were popular in the early and mid 1950’s. […]

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Brian Holden 1936 Ford

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  Brian Holden 1936 Ford   Brian Holden rescued a Street Rodded 1936 Ford and restyled it into this gorgeous  vintage looking Custom. The Holy Grail of tail dragging Customs. Sponsored Article Brian Holden is a 67 year old (2017) car-guy from Vancouver, British Columbia and has been interested in Hot Rods & Custom Cars […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Ten

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Ten   For our Forrest Gump, it has been a long and dedicated mission. Now, in this final episode, Neferteri… his Queen of Egyptian Revival… receives her Majesty’s regal raiment. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project. […]

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Bob Larson 1940 Mercury

Posted  July 12, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB LARSON 1940 Merc   Inspired by the Nick Matranga Barris Restyled 1940 Mercury Bob Larson from Vancouver BC set out to create his own ultimate Dream Custom 1940 Mercury Coupe. (Sponsored Article) Bob Larson from Vancouver, B.C. Canada has been into cars for as long as he can remember. As a kid he […]

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ANNOUNCING Customs & Kustoms Show 2017

  KUSTOMS SHOW 2017   The Second Annual Customs & Kustoms – A meet for you that have a traditional custom car that will be held at Ellos Park , Sweden July 14-15-2017. ...
by Rik Hoving
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1989 Oakland Roadster Show

  1989 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW   Bob Dzemske and his son visited the 1989 Oakland Roadstershow and captured some of the many Custom Cars that were entered in the 40st Anniversary of...
by Rik Hoving
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Don Holland 1941 Ford

  DON HOLLAND 1941 FORD   Gil and Al Ayala created the Purple Pleasure Pursuit 1941 Ford for owner Don Holland around 1950. A stunning Custom we know very little about. The first...
by Rik Hoving
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Early Custom Car Color Photos

  EARLY CUSTOM CAR COLOR PHOTOS   A closer look at the Color photos taken of Custom Cars in the early developing years of the Color Photography. Pre 1950 Early Custom Car Color ph...
by Rik Hoving
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Petersen Motorama 1952

  PETERSEN MOTORAMA 1952   Custom Cars at the third Annual International Motorama show held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles 1952. The Annual International Motorama he...
by Rik Hoving
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Shaved Door Handles

  SHAVED DOOR HANDLES   Shaving the door handles of your car for that Ultra Smooth Custom Look was one of the major trends in the early to mid 1950s. The history of Shaved Door Ha...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Watson Painted Fords

  LARRY WATSON painted FORDS   In his long career Larry Watson has painted numerous Ford based cars. In this article we show you a selection of the Fords he has painted and saved...
by Rik Hoving
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Edison Photo Location

  EDISON Photo Location   In the late 1940’s a series of Color and black and white photos were taken at an Edison Plant or something like that. Unique Color photos of early ...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Six

  NEFERTERI part Six   What are you thinking? Friends and family began to have serious concerns our Forrest Gump was a hoarder headed for the looney bin, as he kept dragging odd a...
by Larry Pointer
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 32

  PASO ROBLES Part 4   More Flashback stories and more photos from the Memo Ortega files from the time Memo went to some of the famous West Coast Kustoms shows in Paso robles. M...
by Rik Hoving
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Buster Litton and Friends

  BUSTER LITTON and FRIENDS   Buster Litton and Ron Roach pay several visits to Rob Radcliffe in Temecula California. They are checking out the progress on the Buster Litton Con...
by Rik Hoving
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Americas Most Beautiful Roadster 2017

  AMBR 2017   Americas Most Beautiful Roadster award for 2017 goes to 1936 Packard named The Mulholland Speedster owned by Bruce Wanta. Designed by Eric Black and wonderfully ha...
by Rik Hoving
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GNRS 2017 Customs

  GNRS 2017 CUSTOMS   The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 68th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! A ...
by Rik Hoving
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Saoutchik Plastic Steering Wheel

  SAOUTCHIK PLASTIC STEERING WHEEL   In the late 1940s Custom builders experimented with the use of plastics in Custom Cars. One of their inspiration sources was the lucite steeri...
by Rik Hoving
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A Trip to Custom City

  A TRIP to CUSTOM CITY   In the 1940s and 1950s there were several second hand Hot Rod and Custom Car lots around. Custom City was one of them. John Hellmuth shared some color sl...
by Rik Hoving
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What’s in a Name?

  WHAT’S IN A NAME?   The trend originated from Motor Boats and WWII airplanes found its way into the Custom Car and Hot Rod scene in the 1950s. It is still going strong ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Larry Watson Painted Porsches

  WATSON PAINTED PORSCHES   Larry Watson painted a large number of Sports Cars and Foreign Exotics, including a number of Porsches THis article shows a selection of the Larry Wats...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 3

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 3   Part three in the series on the Chopping the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury by Sam Barris. Finishing the Mercury in white primer, and showing...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 2

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 2   In part one we have showed the full pages of the Photo album that Marcia Campbell put together for Sam Barris. An album showing Sam chopping a 1949...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Merc License Plate Frame

  SAM BARRIS MERC LICENSE PLATE FRAME   Sam Barris used Dealer License plate frames on his trend setting 1949 Mercury back in 1951. Rather unusual for a Custom Car with all its ex...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 1

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 1   Custom Car photographer Marcia Campbell and Sam Barris were good friends. When Sam chopped the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury Marcia took a seri...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Five

  NEFERTERI part Five   A custom car guy is, if anything, an opportunist.  And optimistic. Clinically illogical.  Terminally so, friends and family would say.  As they seriousl...
by Larry Pointer
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