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Old 04-26-2007, 01:57 AM   #1
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Default Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

I have always been facinated by this streamlined sports custom that featured the pages of the Motor Trend Customs Cars #101 book. Later I found out it was also on the cover of a 1949 Motor Trend.
The body on this Sports Customs is totally breathtaking, and ever since I found out more about it I kept wondering what would have become of it.

Last week Geoff Hacker told me about this car beeing found, and that its undergoing complete restoration at this moment.
The car was auctioned at a BJ auction and sold for a little over $17.000.

Some old and new photos of this great Sports Custom...

Motor Trend cover.. the mice loved this issue.






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from the #101 book






And as found in 2002





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Old 04-26-2007, 02:18 AM   #2
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What a well proportioned,flowing design.Look forward to seeing progress on that one.Thanks Rikster,the world best Kustom historian.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:20 AM   #3
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WOW!! that thing is/WAS AWESOME!!!!! it doesn't look like it "cruises" it looks like it "SLITHERS" hope it gets back to its glory really soon!!
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:51 AM   #4
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

I've always loved this thing too. I was unaware that it had been found and was being restored; that's great news.

I thought there was an interesting similarity between the shape of that car's body and that of the Schuco windup toy cars with the 4-speed gearshift.

I wonder what it was like to drive.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:01 AM   #5
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Wasn't there a shot of that car in one of the recent car movies?

F & F, 60min, something like that...


Cool car...
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:33 AM   #6
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Wow, a DIY Auto Union!
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:54 AM   #7
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Amazing find! The body looks to be in pretty good condition, too.

I like sports customs, and this one is way over the top. Besides the overall swoopy styling, the details are neatly executed. I especially like the way he designed the tube bumper to encircle the headlights.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:04 AM   #8
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Incredible. Reminds me of when we used to heat LP's in the oven til they were soft and then let them slump over a shape. Organic.
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:01 AM   #9
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Photo's taken at the shop where it is getting restored.
(thanks Geoff)

Photos from www.customautoloveland.com



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Old 01-09-2008, 10:27 AM   #10
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that`s going to be beautiful again ! glad it survived.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:20 PM   #11
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I'd like to see it about 2 1/2" lower. Just enough to hide the rear wheels. Reminds me of those Solar cars that compete,or the AutoUnion cars.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:38 PM   #12
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Dave Crouse's shop does beautiful work. A big collector from our town gets alot of work done there. He owns the 404 car as well. Maybe he even owns this thing. Wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:46 PM   #13
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

you may be right Alex, that looks like the car in the background in a movie, I think it was 60 sec. Ill have to look
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:39 PM   #14
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Off topic, but similar. In the Cary Grant movie "Topper" there is a wild custom something with a tail fin, side hood exhausts, and all the goodies.. Any ideas?

The movie was from 1937.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:08 PM   #15
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

'Topper' car was a Bohman & Schwartz rebodied '37 Buick. Don't know any more, have 1 pic in my 'clip file' with that info- that's it. Fenders were lengthened and the whole rear deck sweeps up into a rounded P-40-esque fin.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:14 PM   #16
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Default Re: Norman E. Timbs Custom Buick Streamliner

Someone said earlier today (in Ryan's thread covering this car) that it was seen in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie....

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You can see it in the Nicolas Cage version of Gone in 60 seconds right outside Robert Duvall's shop in bare aluminum .
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:15 PM   #17
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Dave kicks ass, man i havn't talked to him for a while, he's a cool dude.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:29 PM   #18
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thanks.. didnt think it looked like a Duesy or Packard.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:31 PM   #19
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The reattached eyeglasses/bumper remind me of the film character Mr. Limpet, played by Don Knotts.


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Old 01-09-2008, 11:33 PM   #20
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'Topper' car was a Bohman & Schwartz rebodied '37 Buick. Don't know any more, have 1 pic in my 'clip file' with that info- that's it. Fenders were lengthened and the whole rear deck sweeps up into a rounded P-40-esque fin.
Here are a few more photos of it. It changed a bit over the years (not sure if those where improvements! Personally I like the early version much better) But the good thing is it is still around. It was at one of the famous auctions a few years ago.












The trailer is amazing though

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