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The Sargenti ’56: Part 2

The Sargenti ’56: Part 2

It’s not uncommon for me to find a single picture of an obscure historical car and obsess over it for years. I’ll try to hunt down more pictures, information, or anything else that can lead credence to the¬†legendary status that builds in my mind’s eye. It’s the unknown that makes […]

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Oakland Roadster Show 1954

Oakland Roadster Show 1954

First let me say that I get sick to my stomach every time I see all the killer pics of cars at the Grand National Roadster Show posted on here. Its one of my all-time favorite indoor car shows, and due to working overseas at the same time, I’ve missed […]

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Sweet & Low

Sweet & Low

My quest for obscure historical cars continues… This time, I bring you Bernie Davenport’s 1953 Ford as featured in the September, 1957 issue of Custom Rodder Magazine. It’s a simple car painted refrigerator white with Merc trim, a straight grille bar, frenched headlights, a clean shave, and ’55 Lincoln taillights. […]

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Gene Ferguson’s ’36 Ford

Gene Ferguson’s ’36 Ford

Another day, another relatively unknown custom. This one comes straight from the pages of the September, 1952 issue of Hop Up Magazine. Gene Ferguson was the owner, but the car was built by Montrose Body Shop. I had never heard of the shop and did a quick google search to […]

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Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

After Ryan’s post on the Lost ’38, I couldn’t help but pour over all the amazing pictures posted on Valley Custom Shop’s Facebook page¬†(which was kindly linked to by johnk320). If you don’t know much about this shop’s history, you owe it to yourself to read Rikster’s Custom Car builder […]

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Lost ’38

Lost ’38

Almost twenty years ago, Dean Batchelor sent me the above photo along with this little note: “Ryan, I know you’ve been working on a 1938 Ford and thought I would send along this shot for inspiration. It belonged to Bill Faris and was built by Neil Emory in the late […]

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60 Years ago: Something radical came along.

60 Years ago: Something radical came along.

The post-war Detroit automotive community produced so many gorgeous, icon designs throughout the 50s (basically 1949 to 1960) that it gets difficult to point out just a few highest of the high points along the way. Many would argue that General Motors led the way with the largest number of […]

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Hollywood Auto Accessories

Hollywood Auto Accessories

If you’ve ever bought some period or NOS accessories for your custom, it’s quite likely that you’ve seen at least something from the Hollywood Accessories Company of Los Angeles (not to be confused with the Hollywood Wolf Whistle, which was sold by the Yoder Manufacturing Co.). Hollywood sold everything from […]

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The 116 MPH ’58 Chevrolet

The 116 MPH ’58 Chevrolet

Here’s one I bet most of you haven’t seen… It’s Dale Lochmiller’s ’58 Chevrolet. Dale started on the car as soon as he snagged it off the showroom floor in late 1957. He was content on building a clean and simple custom suited for daily driving and started with the […]

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