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Hot Rods Bertolucci's '38 Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,700

    Staff Member

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  2. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 405


    Man he has been one of my favorites for a long time.. and a super nice gentalman to boot..
  3. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,958

    Jimmy B

    Dick Bertolucci is my favourite early customiser. That '38 Chev is a great custom, amazing
  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,700

    Staff Member

    See... I couldn't decide - hot rod or custom? Sure, lots of custom work is done to the car, but it ran 107 in the quarter. A little of both I guess...

  5. PoPo
    Joined: Jan 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,102


    I would say its an early custom derived from a Rodder! if I was 14 and had a dad like that man I could never be disappointed.

    Great story Ryan. Is there a paint code for that Bertolucci maroon. I want to paint my A a nice maroon and I'd love to find that color, couldn't get more traditional than that.

    The world was such a better place back then. wow how things change
  6. I'm in love with this car.. you don't see many 37-38 Chevys done right as a custom... I usually frown upon chopping a coupe, but this looks just right.
  7. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 405


    I made a post last week here on the hamb Dicks shop Caught fire this last week here in Sacramento. I think the fire was contained to His body shop...
  8. LeadSledMerc
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  9. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,700

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  10. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,793


    I love that car.. thanks for the story Ryan.

    The color photo is from the TwoChops (Bill Johnson) Photo collection.
  11. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    Dick Bertolucci is a legend in this town, and a finer gentleman you will never meet. He has done it all...Bonneville, drag racing, and of course his rods & customs. Having accomplished all of that, he remains a very humble man, and is easily approachable.
  12. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Staff Member

    We got to hang out with him a bit at the GNRS when he was inducted into the HoF. He was unbelievable... His whole family is just full of good people.
  13. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 857


    Along with the '40 Ford, these Chevies have gotta the hardest cars in the world to chop properly. This one proves it can be done. It sure looked great at every stage of its life! Does it still exist?
  14. Yes...I believe there's a thread on here regarding the car. I talked to Dick about it a couple of years ago...IIRC, there was a point in time when he sold off the car. Many years later, one of Dick's friends tracked the car down in Oregon. It wasn't originally for sale, but Bertolucci worked out a deal with the "owner"...apparently the guy set a fairly low asking price, but naturally, Dick tried to talk him down. The guy wouldn't budge, so Dick paid him in full.

    He told me it's a very special car to him, mainly because it was the one he was married in.


    ***EDIT*** Here's the link:
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  15. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    As much as I love the Bertolucci Maroon version I am equally struck by the first image of the white version. Car is pretty awesome for sure.

    I would love to take a look at the 292 if possible.
  16. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 807

    Theo Douglas

    Dick Bertolucci--man, I'll read ANYTHING about him. Great post, and great job, Ryan. You talk about the HAMB being all growed up now--posts like this are perfect examples of that. Excellent!
  17. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
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    Jimmy B

    It is just one of those cars that looked great as a Custom but ran like a hot rod. I'm sure it sent a few roadster owners home with their tail between their legs. Definitely both.
  18. 00 MACK
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,680

    00 MACK

    Wide whites, a Packard grille and some times even skirts...That my friends is a fast custom. Ya naver heard anyone call Ayalas 40 Merc a hor rod, did ya? LOL
  19. RustyRedRam
    Joined: Jan 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,128


    man, that coupe just looks so good. it´s a custom with a little extra poop to get it where it needs to go.
  20. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    There's none better than Mr. Bertolucci. Beyond his obvious talents, He's just a plain nice guy that loves old Chevy's - especially inliners.
    Having him notice my car at Autorama and spend a bunch of time pointing out all the mods and talking with me about it is bar-none, THE highlight of my entire experience with building it.
    Thanks to Rikster for being there to snap a few pics.

    Attached Files:

  21. Flying Tiger
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 478

    Flying Tiger
    from Japan

    It's so nice to see something besides Ford. I love the Fords, but it's very refreshing to see something like a Chevy. That's pretty crazy how that thing did 130 at the lakes, especially considering that something like the Jack Calori's '36 was considered fast at 115 or so.
  22. randingo8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 110

    Member Emeritus

    The Bertolucci 38 Chevy is one of my favorites too. It has had an influence on how I built my 38 Dodge. Thanks for the great story Ryan.


    See Ya!
  23. As aways what a good read. And dick and Harry are two of my Favs to read about. MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. Pitbullgoingpostal
    Joined: Jan 2, 2009
    Posts: 452


    I'm probably number 1,000,000 on that list! It's beautiful.
  25. ironbuyer
    Joined: Aug 10, 2004
    Posts: 370


    I have been able to spend sometime with him over the years running with Shoemaker. Dick is a great inspiration and motivator. I heard about his shop from Judee Shoemaker over the weekend and hope it was contained to the body shop only. It would suck if some history was lost.
    Steve Glucoft
    Amocat Speed Emporium
  26. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Man,I like that car!
  27. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 553


    Sleek and Fast, I like it!
  28. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,452


    I wrote to him years ago about a Stovebolt issue, and his reply was genuine, full of great information, and promptly replied to.

    no way I'm thowing it out.
  29. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Great pic's, especially the first one at B'ville in colour. Bertolucci's '38 Chev proves that a smooth Custom can have both show & go!
  30. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,342

    Slim Pickens

    Thanks Ryan, again. Slim

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