CLASSIC CADDY

 

1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE

 

In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 1941 Cadillac convertible Custom. These very interesting in 1946 taken photos show a car that is a wonderful stylish early Custom example



I originally wrote this article back in 2013 when we had just started the Custom Car Chronicle. At first I did not know anything about these three photo’s, or actually negatives. The only thing I was able to find out was that the license plate was from 1946, so the photos were taken either in late 1945 or somewhere in 1946. But at the time I had no idea about where the photos were taken, who owned the car or who build the car. After the article was put on-line Wayne Hadfield came to the rescue¬†¬†with the identification of the location.

  • In July, 2013 Wayne¬†Wayne Hadfield identified the location where two, or possibly all three photos were taken. Using Google street view he identified the location as 2592 Telegraph Road, Berkeley, CA.¬†Some of the buildings in the photos are gone now, but others are still there. An image of the location can be seen at the end of the article.

CCC-41-caddy-classic-custom-sideThe unknown photographer must have not been very skilled at taking photos. He knew that the car he saw was something special, but the way he cropped the car, the fact that the horizon is not level and the subject is slightly out of focus indicate these were not taken by a professional photographer back in the mid 1940’s.
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  • On¬†December 12, 2013¬†Kurt mcCormick told us that the car was still around today.

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‚ÄúRegarding this black-roof ‚Äô41 cad convertible, you may like to know that this car still exists. It is still owned by the guy in california who bought it in the early fifties. I don‚Äôt have his permission to identify him, but the car is actually undergoing a slow restoration as we speak.”

Best regards, kustom kurt

Later Kurt mentioned that due to family issues the restoration did not have a priority. The good thing was that as far as Kurt could tell the car had never been changed  compared to the photos in this article.

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  • On¬†July 03, 2016¬†Kurt McKormick let us know that the ’41 Cadillac is now partly restored and¬†FOR SALE.
  • On¬†July 18, 2017¬†the car was sold to a new owner in Australia who will finish the restoration of this early Custom Cadillac.




The 1941 Cadillac Convertible

This 1941 Cadillac is a good sample of some Coachbuilding influences. The¬†Coachbuilding styles and techniques were copied by the young guys who started to modify their cheaper model cars in the late 1930‚Äôs and 40‚Äôs and this phenomenon would eventually be known as Customizing. The style of modifications done to this Cadillac reminds me of the Coachbuilt cars by the Coachcraft shop. Or the designs and work done by famous coachbuilders Bohman & Schwartz. The car features a chopped windshield and a very nicely shaped padded top.¬†The current (Summer 2016) owner of the Cadillac¬†(87 years) bought the Cadillac from the original owner¬†in 1953. The car was customized in 1942 in the Berkeley-Oakland California area. He could¬†not establish exactly whom the custom work was done by. Also the¬†two sons of the original owner (also both in their 80’s!) do not¬†recall the name of the shop who performed the original restyling back in 1942.

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Even the chrome outboard trunk hinges were replaced by inboard units to further clean up the rear of the car. The door handles were shaved as well as the hood side trim and the front fender trim. The rubber rock shield on the rear fender made place for a more in style polished stainless accessory unit. At the front the parking lights and hood letter were removed and the body smoothed. New parking/fog lights were added to the front bumper. All typical Custom touches. The car was lowered, but just a little bit, and is using the stock 1941 Cadillac hubcaps, which is again typical Coachbuilding style. These three photos taken just after WWII show wonderful mix of styles on this classic looking 1941 Cadillac Convertible.

This padded top is unlike most we know coming from Carson, Hall, Chavez or a few others, not covered with white canvas. But rather with a dark almost leatherette kind of material. Something similar to what was used by the Coachbuilders to cover metal tops on sedans or coupes for a more exclusive look. But clearly the top on this Cadillac is a lift off unit. It could also be possible that a dark canvas was used which was covered with a special coating to make it look like leather. An other technique sometimes used on coachbuilt cars. We now know that the top, as well as the interior was handled by Hall of Oakland. The rear fenders were modeled to the body, a typical Custom touch, and at first glance it looks like there are no taillights. The stock units were removed along with the fender trim. Below the bumper a set of hidden taillights are just visible.

CCC-41-caddy-classic-custom-rearThe back of this 1941 Cadillac is extremely clean. A lot of efforts were taken to get the desired look. The taillights were removed and custom taillight units mounted below the bumper just outside of the bumper guards. The rear fenders were molded to the main body. The trunk lid was shaved of the trim, handles and hinges and received a set in license plate. This all leads to an ultra smooth wonderfully shaped rear. The photo shows the mid 1940’s gas station and streets of an unknown California place. 
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Some new old photos

In early July 2016 we received some additional 1940’s¬†photos of this early Custom Car. David Zivot had been talking to the current owner about the Cadillac. He send us some quick snapshots taken with the phone of a collage¬†on his garage wall. They are not the best quality, but it is really great to see some more photos of this amazing nice and very early Classic Custom. Especially nice is the one color photo that shows us the taillights below the rear bumper.

David also mentioned something about the missing Hall top. When the current owner of the Caddy bought the car in 1953, he did not like the style of the black pyroxylin (leatherette) covering on the padded top, so he had Hall Tops re-do it in the typical white stay-fast covering. Then, years later the house he was storing the top in caught fire, badly damaging the top and framework.  Some time after that he also re-worked the sunken license plate area because of the cops getting after him about the plate not being visible enough.


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Location identified
Wayne Hadfield identified the location two, or possibly all these photos were taken. Using Google Street View he was able to identified the location as 2592 Telegraph Road, Berkeley, CA. Thanks Wayne. The houses in the photo appeared to him as typical NorCal houses, and that where he started his search. Pretty amazing he was able to find it.

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The car as it looks now July 2016

In 2016 the Cadillac is mostly restored. The body is completely restored and the car is running and driving. However it still needs a top, complete upholstery and glass. The Cadillac still looks mostly the same as is does in the three old photos shown in this article. In July 2017 the car was sold to a new owner in Australia who plans to finish the restoration of the car as an early Custom Car.



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July 20, 2017. The Cadillac has been prepped for shipping and is picked up to be delivered to the shipper who will place it in a container and ship it to Australia.
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January 2018, the Cadillac has arrived in Australia and the restoration process to get it back to how it looked back in the early 1940’s has started.
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1936 Ford sedan for sale in 1949.

 

A STUNNING UNKNOWN

 

Mark Murray has been sharing some amazing early custom car photos with the Custom Car Photo Archive for some years. This collection of photos used to belong to his grandfather, who took photos of the cars he saw on the street and at some car shows and car lots while he lived in Long Beach Ca in the 1940’s and 1950’s



This article was updated Feb – 12 – 2015

He took some photos of some amazing cars at the lot of the famous D & B Auto Sales used car lot.¬†This car lot was specializing in Custom Built Cars and Hot Rods, located at 8221 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood, California. Don Britton owned the company. They usually had a very nice selection of second hand Hot Rods and Custom Cars, and Mark’s grandfather took some photos there on several occasions when he visited the place.

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For this feature we would like to highlight one car at the lot. He took two photos of this very special 1936 Ford sedan. We don’t know anything about this car. There’s no owner name, not a name of the builder, even the color of the car is unknown. The photos are mere snapshots with a telephone pole stuck in front of the car and a 1940 Ford blocking the side, so they are not even great photos. But every custom car enthousiasts feels this car is a wonderful example of the style of custom cars from the late 1940’s. We’ll show you why.

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The license plates on the car are from 1949, so more than likely the car was built built shortly after WWII. Starting with a sedan model as a full custom car is rare nowadays, and must have been rare back in the 1940’s as well. Coupes and convertibles were favorable because of their much more appreciated lines. However that sure did not stop the owner of this sedan to built his (or have it built) dream custom. The work on the car looks like it’s been been done by a very good craftsman or shop. Everything is very well balanced and each modification is enhancing the lines and other modifications.


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The top has been chopped several inches, and the spare tire cover lowered to fit behind the rear bumper. The fenders both front and rear have been molded to the body using a rather sharp blend. The fenders were welded to the body and the seam filled in, but not rounded like we are so used to on the customs from the era.This gives the car a very smooth but still sharp look. A set of most likely 1940 Chevy headlights are molded low into the front fenders. Both on the front and rear, new splash pans were created and molded into the body. These were molded in with a much larger radius than the fenders and make the pans flow out from the body very nicely. A set of 1947-48 Ford bumpers were installed front and rear. The original taillight pods were removed, the rear fenders smoothed and we cannot find any evidence for new taillights. But perhaps they are installed under the rear bumper and out of site for the photographer. Most likely a gas filler-door from a 1941 Ford was used on the side of the rear fender.
At the front the stock grille remained in place. It looks like the hood was smoothed and the trim on it removed. The hood sides are smooth aftermarket units.

The car was lowered with what looks like a bit of a speedboat stance set on wide white wall dressed up with Lyon hubcaps. A set of round Spotlights was installed and in the photo showing the rear we can see the spotlight has been turned up, most likely after somebody wanted to have a look at the engine.
The asking price was $950 or perhaps $955, its hard to read in the photo. It was at least more expensive than the 1940 Ford convertible sitting next to it.


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Ever since we first saw these amazing photos taken at the D&B lot we have had a soft spot for this 1936 Ford sedan Custom Car. It just looks so right, it makes you wonder what color it had, dark for sure, but was it black or an perhaps an maroon, or organic green? There’s always the hope that one day somebody will recognize the car and can tell us a little more about it, or perhaps knows what happened to it.



Update February 2015.

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The article above was published here on the CCC in June 2013. We have had some messages from people who really liked the car and how it was customized. But sadly nobody recognized it, or could tell something more about it. A few weeks ago a CCC-Reader send us some old snapshots he had found online. And two of those photos showed this same 1936 Ford sedan. Sadly he could not remember where he had found the photos. So hopefully somebody will rcognize these, and let us know who shared these originally. Perhaps then we will be able to find out something more about this really great looking chopped 1936 Ford Sedan.

It looks like the photos were taken during the same year, 1949 as the photos taken at the D&B Auto Sales lot. The license plate and year tag appear to be the same. I’m not sure if these two new photos were taken before the car was put up for sale by the original owner, or after by a new owner. Hopefully we one day will find out. The only thing different on the car are the motor cycle taillights mounted on the back of the rear bumpers. Possible those were removed when the car was in at the D&B lot. We later found out that these photos now belong to the¬†Zeke Carrillo Collection.

If you know anything about the 1936 Ford in these photos, please let us know. Email Rik



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Update 2 February 2015.

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The Barry Mazza Collection

BARRY MAZZA COLLECTION

The Custom Car Photo Archive started in 2004. The first collector who shared his photo collection with us was Barry Mazza. He loved what we did, and shared many of his photos and memories with us for everybody to enjoy.

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]arry Mazza, long time Custom Car enthusiast, collector and car builder, has collected photos, info and memorabilia for as long as he can remembers. He has always shared his knowledge and collection with other enthusiasts, and when he found out about the Custom Car Photo Archive he decided that it would be the perfect place to share his collection and knowledge with a much wider audience. Barry’s amazing photo collection¬†was and still is a huge hit on the the Custom Car Photo Archive. People from all over the world enjoy this¬†collection. Some people got inspired by Barry’s collection¬†and started to share their own photo collection with us,¬†while¬†other people decided to start similar sites to share their passion for Custom Cars.

When Barry started to share his personal collection with us, there was not much else out there on the internet. There was basically no other place¬†you would be able to see these¬†rarely seen snapshots and photos of custom cars from the golden era, at least not in the quantity and quality Barry was sharing. Most of the photos from Barry’s collection came with neat little¬†stories, and information nowhere else to be found.¬†Barry shared color photos of custom cars most of us had never seen in color, or versions of cars that had never been published before. Amazing material, from an amazing guy.

The Barry Mazza Collection on the Custom Car Photo Archive

This article shows only a very small selection of the Barry Mazza Collection. For the full experience please check out the Custom Car Photo Archive.
If you are not familiar with Barry Mazza. Barry Mazza is best known for restoring the Pisano/Barris built 1941 Buick for Herb Ogden. This car now belongs to the Kurt McCormick Collection. Barry also restored the Barris-built 1955 Chevy “The Aztec”. But he also built many other great custom cars or worked on cars from others.

Thank you Barry Mazza for sharing your collection with us custom car enthusiasts. 

 

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Do you want to see more of the amazing collection from Barry Mazza. Check out his section on the Custom Car Photo Archive.

 

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Do you know about a Photo Collection that needs to be saved and shared.
Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

 

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Preserving Custom Car Photo Collections

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Custom Car Photo Archive started ten year ago, in the first quarter of 2004. It has grown to the worlds best known, and most extensive collection of Custom Car photos and related material, to be found on the internet.

Ten years ago, On March 25, 2004, Rik Hoving started the Custom Car Photo Archive. A photo-site to collect and share the beauty of custom cars. From the very beginning, our goal was to preserve the wonderful history of Custom Cars, Custom Car photos and memorabilia collections. In the near future we will pay some more attention to our first ten years in a few planned CCC-articles. However with this article we would like to pay some attention to the importance of saving, digitalizing and sharing the Custom Car Photo Collections. Collections that are of historic importance to those who were there, when it happened, but also for all those enthusiast who are learning from this history today, and in the future.

 

Preserving Custom Car Photo Collections

In the last couple of month we have heard several sad stories of wonderful Custom Car photos and even whole collections, that have been disposed, lost for ever. Not really on purpose, but found to be of no interest by the people who were asked to sort out belongings from passed away Custom Car enthusiasts. Material that had not been shared, or digitalized when it was still possible. Friends that might have known about the collections, but did not want to look to eager and “claiming” the collection so soon after their friend passed away. Now realizing there should have been copies or scans made to make sure historic photos would be saved for the future. With the early Custom Car builder and owners getting older and closer to leaving this world it really is time to save these old collections and the stories that go with them.
We would like to urge everybody who knows about collections, or just single photos, famous, or never before seen customs, car shows, or just random snapshot, and the great stories that are told by the photo owners. To try to duplicate the material, write down the stories, or tape them, and scan, copy the photos and other memorabilia… before it is too late.

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A few photos from the Jim Street Collection. Many photos of this amazing collection have been shared in the Jack Stewart Ford book (a product of the Custom Car Photo Archive)

The Hot Rod community has the American Hot Rod Foundation.

The AHRF is a foundation who is preserving the Hot Rod history, and sharing as many old Hot Rod photo collections as possible. They are doing an amazing job, and have been able to safe a lot of old collections, and share them with the world wide Hot Rod community.

The Custom Car community has the Custom Car Photo Archive.

Since 2004, the Custom Car Photo Archive, part of the Custom Car Chronicle, has been sharing photo collections from private collectors. Collectors that liked to share their collection that might have taken many decades to grow. Collectors that realized that those collections needed to be shared with those who would enjoy them. Enthusiasts who like to study this material, or get inspired for their next project. We at the Custom Car Photo Archive have always tried to save as many of these photo collections for the future generations. We encouraged people to scan their collection before something bad happened to them. We have great plans for the future of the Photo Archives, and hopefully in the near future we can start working on those, and be able to share these personal collections in an even better way than we do now.

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We at the Custom Car Chronicle and the Custom Car Photo Archive would of course love to share many more of the collections out there. Help us to save these collections and share them with the world. We would love to share them on the Custom Car Photo Archive and write detailed stories about them and the people who collected this material, on the Custom Car Chronicle. This way our Custom Car enthusiast audience from all over the world can enjoy them. However the most important things is that these collections get scanned, digitalized and saved online or on back up disk for future generations.

 

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We are very proud to already have taken part in sharing a wonderful selection of these amazing collections. Saving them for the future, and highlight sections of them with amazing stories on the Custom Car Chronicle, and in various world wide magazines and books. Collections from well know people as Larry Watson, Bill Gaylord, Marcia Campbell, George Barris, Barry Mazza, Jim Roten, Ina Mae Overman, just to name a few. And then many people who just were there at the time, and took photos just becuase they liked doing so. People who loved to share their stories with other enthusiast from around the globe. And found the Custom Car Photo Archive and the Custom Car Chronicle to be the right place to do so.

[box_light]If you know about a collection of old custom car photos. Or perhaps just a few. Please make sure the owner scans them, shared them or at least make a back up in a safe place. So that if something happens to the originals, we at least have a digital copy to enjoy.[/box_light]

 

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If you have any questions, or know about a Collection that needs to be saved and shared. Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

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Custom Car Photo Archive site

OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PHOTO’S: THE EVER GROWING CUSTOM CAR PHOTO ARCHIVE

The Custom Car Photo Archive has gained serious attention in the past years. There are stories about custom car enthousiast who started browsing on Friday afternoon and simply couldn’t stop till the next morning.

Yes, its a pretty addictive archive. There are over 100.000 photo’s and we’ve got visitors from all over the world. Some share fantastic stories and fantastic photos with us. Thus helping the Archive to grown bigger and bigger.

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE ARCHIVE

Pat Ganahl: Rik is inarguably the wold’s most avid collector and archivist of anything having to do with the history and current status of classic custom cars. You’ve seen his amazing digitally colorized early photos in these pages, and if you have any interest in historic custom cars, you’ve undoubtedly visited his vast online photo archive.
(TRJ #59)

 Jeff Allison: Rik, love the site. I look at it often for inspiration but have never posted a message. I currently own the Astra coupe you have shots of, if you want any more pics or info about it let me know. Thanks again for posting so many sweet photos of stuff that is hard to find.

Dennis Metz – Shelbyville, IN:¬†I am honored that you have posted new photos of my dad’s 1950 Buick. I was visiting the site today to tell my co-worker about other pictures I have seen in an album titled RC Dream Truck and Golden Sahara in the Barris archieves. My father had several customs that are not posted that were in many different Rod and Custom Magazines in the 1950’s. I was happy today to see BOB METZ added as a photo album and much to my surprise I have never seen the photos you have posted of his 1950 Buick. Thanks again.

Pat Ganahl:¬†This naturally led me to Rik Hoving’s website of all things custom, where he had some photos of this car posted, including a couple of the dash/interior I hadn’t seen.
(TRJ #51)

Barry Mazza:¬†I‚Äôam in a state of shock over your collection of photos in the Custom Car Photo Archive. I‚Äôam floored over it and thinks its way over the top. Thanks for the pleasure of seeing these great photos of the cars we love and love to see…………….

Pete Chapouris:¬†Jimmie Vaughan came by today and turned me on to your site. He was right, it’s hard to look at anything else. Great stuff, especially the Ayala cars. I spent many Saturdays there with my dad when I was a pup.

Josh Mills: I am a big fan of your site and reference it often. Thanks for the time you have taken to put all of the info in one place. It is a great collection.

bangshift.com, Posted by Chad Reynolds: If you‚Äôre into custom cars, you may never leave your seat after we show you this. If you‚Äôre not into ‚Äėem, you will be. A guy named Rik Hoving in the Netherlands has compiled The Custom Car Photo Archive that includes incredible images and history of all sorts of customs from the ‚Äô40s through today. You‚Äôll see historic photos, scans of ancient magazine pages, and notes on many cars you‚Äôve heard of and hundreds you haven‚Äôt.

Kurt McKormick:¬†Hi, Rik– My friend wolf told me about your site, and I want you to know what a pleasure it is to look through it. It has obviously taken a lot of time and effort to put it together, and you have done a fine job. I want to thank you for the page on the ‚Äė41 cad. As many pictures as I have of the car, I would rather look at them on your site because they are presented so well. This web site is the definitive custom archive. Thanks for creating it.

Jan Emory Wilson:¬†What an amazing site! I am Neil Emory’s daughter (Valley Custom) and my brother Gary just sent me your website. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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The Custom Car Photo Archive

OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PHOTO’S: THE EVER GROWING CUSTOM CAR PHOTO ARCHIVE

The Custom Car Photo Archive has gained quite some attention in the past years. There are stories about custom car enthousiast who started browsing on Friday afternoon and simply couldn’t stop till the next morning.

Yes, its a pretty addictive archive. There are over 100.000 photo’s and we’ve got visitors from all over the world. Some share fantastic stories and fantastic photos with us. Thus helping the Archive to grown bigger and bigger.

VISIT THE PHOTO ARCHIVE->

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE ARCHIVE

Pat Ganahl: Rik is inarguably the wold’s most avid collector and archivist of anything having to do with the history and current status of classic custom cars. You’ve seen his amazing digitally colorized early photos in these pages, and if you have any interest in historic custom cars, you’ve undoubtedly visited his vast online photo archive.
(TRJ #59)

 Jeff Allison: Rik, love the site. I look at it often for inspiration but have never posted a message. I currently own the Astra coupe you have shots of, if you want any more pics or info about it let me know. Thanks again for posting so many sweet photos of stuff that is hard to find.

Dennis Metz – Shelbyville, IN:¬†I am honored that you have posted new photos of my dad’s 1950 Buick. I was visiting the site today to tell my co-worker about other pictures I have seen in an album titled RC Dream Truck and Golden Sahara in the Barris archieves. My father had several customs that are not posted that were in many different Rod and Custom Magazines in the 1950’s. I was happy today to see BOB METZ added as a photo album and much to my surprise I have never seen the photos you have posted of his 1950 Buick. Thanks again.

Pat Ganahl:¬†This naturally led me to Rik Hoving’s website of all things custom, where he had some photos of this car posted, including a couple of the dash/interior I hadn’t seen.
(TRJ #51)

Barry Mazza:¬†I‚Äôam in a state of shock over your collection of photos in the Custom Car Photo Archive. I‚Äôam floored over it and thinks its way over the top. Thanks for the pleasure of seeing these great photos of the cars we love and love to see…………….

Pete Chapouris:¬†Jimmie Vaughan came by today and turned me on to your site. He was right, it’s hard to look at anything else. Great stuff, especially the Ayala cars. I spent many Saturdays there with my dad when I was a pup.

Josh Mills: I am a big fan of your site and reference it often. Thanks for the time you have taken to put all of the info in one place. It is a great collection.

bangshift.com, Posted by Chad Reynolds: If you‚Äôre into custom cars, you may never leave your seat after we show you this. If you‚Äôre not into ‚Äėem, you will be. A guy named Rik Hoving in the Netherlands has compiled The Custom Car Photo Archive that includes incredible images and history of all sorts of customs from the ‚Äô40s through today. You‚Äôll see historic photos, scans of ancient magazine pages, and notes on many cars you‚Äôve heard of and hundreds you haven‚Äôt.

Kurt McCormick:¬†Hi, Rik– My friend wolf told me about your site, and I want you to know what a pleasure it is to look through it. It has obviously taken a lot of time and effort to put it together, and you have done a fine job. I want to thank you for the page on the ‚Äė41 cad. As many pictures as I have of the car, I would rather look at them on your site because they are presented so well. This web site is the definitive custom archive. Thanks for creating it.

Jan Emory Wilson:¬†What an amazing site! I am Neil Emory’s daughter (Valley Custom) and my brother Gary just sent me your website. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

VISIT THE ARCHIVE->

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