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Customs '55 Pontiac kustom on '59 Vette chassis, Orlando - history?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chrisbcritter, Feb 10, 2023.

  1. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,963


    55 Pontiac kustom 1.jpg

    55 Pontiac kustom 2.jpg
    I kinda like the proportions - maybe chop the windshield frame a bit? I'm guessing '59 Buick front fenders, a Corvette grille surround and the hood from a '40s Chevy(?) with a '65 GTO scoop, and some sort of early '60s peaked hood forming the rear deck. Judging by the driver's door, it's been several different colors. Anyone know the history on this one? Paging Rik?
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 26,021







    Quoted from ad...

    VINTAGE GM- 1955 PONTIAC "KUSTOM" w/ 1959 CORVETTE CHASSIS which retains its original rear-end and suspension components. ALL STEEL BODY & SOLID THROUGHOUT. 389 Pontiac Tri-Power engine w/ 3-speed stick-shift transmission. Runs and drives beautifully. Titled as a Pontiac, this lovely machine is a unique and significant example of the 1950's-60's "Kustom" car era. A jewel from the past that gets lots of attention. Clean Florida title is in my name. Though I am posting this paid listing in multiple Craigslist cities, the vehicle is available for viewing in the Orlando, Florida area. Please leave your contact information through "Craigslist Reply". Serious inquires only, please. $29,500. or best offer. Thank you.

    :rolleyes:...this is quite a gem...the quality workmanship is certainly evident...

    I thought I'd share the rest as once its gone...the pics are too...

    Thanks for sharing Chris...hope it's yours soon...I'd get some history before the axe the top...

    @Sancho, @Moriarity, @abe lugo...nice one...

  3. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 29,271

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    yeah, I saw that on CL a few weeks ago. kinda quirky and kinda cool. I don't know of any magazine features on it... I wonder when it was built....
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  4. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 4,299


    It is probably this car taken from show coverage in the July 1960 Car Craft, updated. Scan-230210-0001.jpg

  5. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 843

    from soCal

    What part is '55 Pontiac? Engine sure is not.[​IMG]
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  6. Windshield frame for sure
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  7. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 26,021


    They didn't really give the impression the motor was a 55...a late 50s early 60s...period 389 makes sense though...what was the first year for 389?...:confused:...I looked it up...1959...;)

    The quarter panels are certainly reminiscent of Pontiac...I suspect much or a good portion of a Pontiac was sliced, diced and least its more proportionate than those tri fives many have radically shortened...
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  8. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 17,134


    The amber marker lights, tach, speaker covers in the doors, steering wheel, and basket wire wheels without the baskets all point to late 70's era, although all of that stuff may have been added later. I love old customs, and this one has some neat aspects, but $30K seems pretty high, especially with no documented history. If it really is a reworked version of the car Goldmountain posted, I like that version a lot better.
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  9. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,134


    Nope that is a different car entirely, it's been seen in other threads. It was built by a guy named Guthrie and was shown under the name "Papoose". He also did a Ford in the same style that has been mentioned before
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  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Being that its been verified that this was at least partially a post 65 build due to more modern components how could you confidently say it isn't this Custom? Is it still in W.A. Guthrian's ownership.

    Update...I found the Thread on the 'Papoose' and @RodBender57 and @junkyardjohn60 both confirmed your is still in the family...

    Also mentioned in the same thread was a mention of the top being chopped...I hope it sees the daylight some was a nice looking Custom...
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2023

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