DZEMSKE BARRIS PHOTOS
Bob Dzemske and his son Bob Jr. have been into Custom Cars for many decades. Bob has owned a a great stable of Custom Cars over the year, and always took his trusty camera with him on his visits to the Custom Car shows from the 60′ and 70’s, as well as more recent years. Bob Sr and Jr. have shared some of the most interesting photos of their Collection with the Custom Car Chronicle. We will be sharing these in a series of articles, and hope you will enjoy these as much as we have. Special thanks goes out to Kustoms Illustrated Luke Karosi for scanning the photo.
In the late 1950’s and 1960’s Bob visited many Mid West shows. Most of these shows were filed with the more local Hot Rods and Custom Cars, but some of the famous Magazine cars made it out to this part of the US as well. This article shows some of the Barris Kustoms created Custom Cars that Bob photographed in the late 1950’s up to the 1970’s. The majority of the photos, especially the color photos, have faded quite badly over the years. I have tried to restore them as good as I could, to get the color and a bit of the sharpness back for best viewing. I have also included some of the complete photos as they are now, just to show the extra info Bob wrote on the photo borders, but mainly because these original photos just look so good.
Sam Barris created El Capitola 1957 Chevy photographed in 1961. By then the Taggart Bothers owned the car, and the damage to the rear fender must have happened right before the show, or perhaps at the show. The damage was later repaired and the car painted pearl white and gold. (Notice the hubcap, that is normally hidden mostly by the cruiser skirts.)
The full Custom Chevy was an very important car for the Barris Kustom Shop. It turned up a huge crowd wherever it was shown, influenced numerous customs cars back then, and still does today. Bill DeCarr was responsible for a lot of work on the beautiful restyled Chevy. Today the restored original is owned by Barry Mazza from Florida, who was also responsible for most of the restoration work.
The Barris Kustoms Kopper Kart 1955 Chevy Pick Up was brought into the shop as an unfinished project, the pick-up was already sectioned, but Barris to it to the next level by chopping the top, and completely rebuilding the front and rear of the truck. The car was a driving ad for the shop for several years, touring the US.
The Sam Barris personal 1952 “Practical Ford” was built as the family driver, but just as Sam’s previous Customs the car was sold, and ended up on the other side of the US. This photo was taken in May 1958 at the National Rod & Custom Auto Show in Fort Wayne Indiana.
This is one of the two 47 Chevies Barris Kustoms created for the movie High School Confidential. This is the only one that survived the movie, the other one was dropped from a crane and crushed. 1970’s photo.
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