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Custom cars: The George Barris of Germany?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BeatnikPirate, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. BeatnikPirate
    Joined: May 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,416

    from Media, Pa.

    Ever hear of Hermann Spohn? Neither did I until I stumbled upon some interesting information about American cars that he customized for U.S. servicemen stationed in Germany after W.W. 2.
    Starting with Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Packards. Chevys, Chryslers, Lincolns, etc.,many of his custom cars are strange looking, with exagerated tailfins and other G.M. concept car styling elements.
    Here's a few pics, and a couple links to more info on the "George Barris of Germany".
    Anyone here ever see one of these? There must be some still around.

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  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


  3. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,913


    Thanks. I never heard of Herrmann but like George, he built some nice cars and some butt ugly ones.
  4. How long has it been since George Barris actually built a car? Just Curious.........

  5. For a man in his eighties, I would guess it has been a while.
  6. Ltorch
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 310


    If this guy your talking about built alot of cars maybe you should have said the sam barris of germany if this guy took shit loads of pictures then id say hes the george barris of germany ..
  7. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 431

    51 BIRD

    Did this guy claim credit for other people's work? :rolleyes:
  8. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Never cared for George Barris customs and this guys stuff even less. Good post but all the customs as they were called back then were just big bulky hunks,but to each his own.
  9. codeblu
    Joined: May 11, 2006
    Posts: 606


    Interesting. Despite what George may have done or not done, if it weren't for him alot of young custom guys out there would have had nothing to aspire to.....flame on..
  10. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,222


    George did more for the world of customs, than anyone... period. because: He is a master at promotion if you take time to study the old Barris pics on hamb.

    He rules in my book.
  11. Gees, a Spohn thread that I missed!
    It was the customer who designed the custom cars that Spohn Carosserie, Ravensburg, Germany, built in the early-mid '50s. Most of the customers were American pilots in occupied Germany and so most of the customs had the tail of the Harley Earl, GM Le Sabre 1951 concept car which was displayed in Europe. The flyboys liked it because it reminded them of their F-86 Sabrejets and the F-86 is where Earl almost surely got the Le Sabre name.
    Some of our jet jockeys didn't have great taste in designing cars and some did pretty well. Considering this was early '50s and they were away from home, I think they did OKAY.
    I own the green '52 Spohn Custom which was built from a '40 Ford. Found this year so it is unrestored.

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