Register now to get rid of these ads!

History Bill Cushenberry's Silouette

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Dago 88, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,001

    Dago 88
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    As a teen I was always fascinated by Bill Cushenberry's Silouette after getting the AMT kit. I read some where that the car was stolen & never seen again, can any one of our very knowledgeable HAMB brothers shed some light on this. Has it ever been found? Thanks in advance. untitled.png File-vi.jpg
     
  2. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 902

    Sporty45
    Member
    from NH Boonies

  3. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,001

    Dago 88
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Sporty45 likes this.
  4. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 902

    Sporty45
    Member
    from NH Boonies

    What's funny is that I didn't search here for info, I did a google search and it led me right back here!
     
    Dago 88 likes this.

  5. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,967

    Rot 'n Kustom
    Member

    Look for a really awful 1965 beach movie, called Beach Ball.
    It featured the Silhouette in an action scene, and quite a few other show cars of the day at an indoor car show including the Barris Surf Woodie, Gene Winfield's Franciscan, and more from the Ford Custom Car Caravan.
     
  6. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,678

    Dooley
    Member
    from Buffalo NY

  7. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,295

    Dan Timberlake
    Member

    The Silhouette was mentioned by name in the trailer.

    Along with a bunch of pretty well known musical groups groups.

    Silhouette did some genuine street driving.


    May have to find it somewhere to watch
     
  8. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,560

    aircap
    Member

    One of the coolest cars from my childhood. Built the model several times, had the Hot Wheels, cut the pix out of the mags. That car ruled.
     
    falcongeorge likes this.
  9. NRA-girl
    Joined: Aug 28, 2016
    Posts: 2

    NRA-girl

    Hi
    Bill was my dad's best friend.
    All I know from What Bill told us years ago is that the car was stolen in 1983 in Bakersfield. He never got over the fact that it was never recovered. He believed that who ever took it either buried it or completely destroyed it.
    It's anyone's guess really and even Bill had his guesses.
    I do hope that if it is not destroyed that one day it will be found. It would be awesome
     
  10. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 20,147

    Moriarity
    SUPER MODERATOR
    Staff Member

    Cushenbery was a genius in the custom car world, I had always wondered about the silhouette too, pretty hard to hide a car like that. Heard a rumor once that someone had a few parts from it and was going to clone the rest....

    Here is a few pics of my Cushenbery car the car craft dream rod [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  11. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438

    raidmagic
    Member

    What chassis are those 2 cars built on?
     
  12. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 20,147

    Moriarity
    SUPER MODERATOR
    Staff Member

    the Silhouette was built on a shortened Buick chassis, while the car craft dream rod is on a 1952 Jowett Jupiter chassis
     
    rodncustomdreams likes this.
  13. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,625

    Fortunateson
    Member

    I believe Toad mentions the Silhouette in American Grafitti.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016
  14. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 20,147

    Moriarity
    SUPER MODERATOR
    Staff Member

    He actually mentioned Darryl Starbirds superfleck moonbird.... there was no such car though
     
  15. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,625

    Fortunateson
    Member

    Well he should have mentioned! LOL
     
    Moriarity likes this.
  16. Bornlate58
    Joined: May 27, 2020
    Posts: 4

    Bornlate58


    "WONDERFUL WORLD OF WHEELS" 1960s AUTOMOBILES SPORTS CARS & CUSTOMS (FULL)
     
    john W. and stanlow69 like this.
  17. 50 Merc Man
    Joined: Aug 2, 2020
    Posts: 178

    50 Merc Man
    Member

    Is that what he said?? I always wondered what the hell he was talking about when he said that lol!!


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  18. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 724

    CadMad
    Member

    A mate of mine was involved in the restoration of a Cushenberry car whilst he lived in Calif. (maybe 15, 20 years ago?)... though I think it may have been Silouette II. I’ll chase him down and see if he still has the pics he showed me.
     
    Sporty45 likes this.
  19. Sometime in the mid 70s I took a dining room table to be stripped of its finish to a shop in Bakersfield CA. Shop was in that old warehouse @ 24th St. and North Chester. In the back of the shop sat the Silhouette, its chrome all rusty, top cloudy and scratched and painted in the obligatory lime green metal flake that all old customs seem to end up in. Found this photo on the internet a few years ago to confirm my memory was probably correct. That looks like a Bakersfield background.
    silhouette green.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2020
  20. The mystery continues. :) It has been my thought that more of the historic vehicles were destroyed than saved. Whenever I look at the 60's mags and wonder what happened, I'm very aware of how few I have seen in the last 30 years. That includes drag cars also.
     
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  21. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 65

    john W.
    Member

    Didn't Hot Wheels make on like this?
     
  22. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,027

    stanlow69
    Member
    from red oak

    yes.
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.