The Javier Mejia ’55 Safari Wagon

The Javier Mejia ’55 Safari Wagon

Ryan’s post about the ’55 Pontiac for sale reminded me of the first custom that got me really excited about 2 door wagons. Flash back to the year 2000, when the Jalopy Journal was just a pup and there was a hell of a California car show in a little town called Paso Robles. ‘Paso’ was special for a few reasons: First, it was exactly half way between L.A. and San Francisco, so the Nor-Cal and So-Cal Kustoms could come together in the middle of the state to compare their builds. Secondly, this WCK (West Coast Kustoms) event had a growing number of us under 35 years old that were into fully traditional customs and hot rods, and our primered / ‘in-progress’ rides were welcome here, unlike the Goodguys events at that time. The Royal Jokers were a Bay Area club that didn’t take themselves too seriously, but they showed up every Memorial Day weekend with some sweet rides, such as Javier Mejia’s 1955 Pontiac Safari wagon that year. The extra-chunky metal flake paint was sprayed by Carlos in their club, and I had never seen a paint job sparkle quite like that one did under the hot central coast sun. Before that day, I don’t recall if I had ever seen a ’55 Pontiac wagon done as a custom, let alone the rare 2-door Safari model. Javier’s car became one of the most memorable entries that year. Later Paso weekends would debut the Rudy Rodriguez’ 1935 Ford truck, the Purple People Eater, and many other jaw-dropping rides, but this metal flake Safari lives on in my mind forever…

 

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