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History John Sak's Long Lost Custom Finally Found

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by SuperFleye, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,040

    Alliance Vendor


    Back in 1957 John Sak of Syracuse, New York set off to restyle his third 1941 Ford, a Converible named "Barbie". After three years of hard work Barbie made it's public debut in 1960. John took home first place at the 2nd National Syracause Autorama with his new creation. He sold the car in the 1970s and eventually lost track of it. For several years John tried to trace it without luck. He had heard rumors about the car being sold to Arizona or Nevada, and he had no clue where to look for it anymore. In October of 2011 he wrote Kustomrama and asked if we could help him find his long lost custom. We were honored to be able to help John, so we ran his story in our "Lost & Found" section and used our extensive network to try and locate it. More than a year went by without anyone answering our ads and yells. Then suddenly earlier today Kenneth Groth of Branchville, New Jersey sat down in front of his computer and wrote me a long email. Kenneth attached five photos to the mail and told me that he was the current caretaker of the car. He had owned the car since 1999, but due to illness in the family, he hadn't had the time to get it on the road. I was thrilled to receive the mail, and could not wait to tell the news to John. I emailed John, who went ecstatic about the great news! We had finally located his long lost love! It's a great story about an ordinary man and his dream! John never gave up looking for Barbie, and we found here in the end :)

    Below is a story of the car as it currently sits


    You can find the full story on Kustomrama:
  2. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,882


    Awesome story.. Car looks good.. thanks for posting... And thanks to Kustomrama, too
  3. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,350

    51 mercules

    Cool car & story!
  4. kkoacolonel
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 964

    from Union,NJ

    Great news.Is John going to buy it back?.

  5. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    So great when you see one emerge from hiding, looking just like it did way back then
  6. shoebox1950
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,204

    from California

    I actually like that DeSoto grill in there...if you were to tell me you were putting a '55 DeSoto grill in a '41 Ford, I probably wouldn't picture it looking as cool as this...
  7. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,431


    Nice car, Great to hear!
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013
  8. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 904


    Their still out there just gotta keep looking good stuff for sure
  9. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,078


    Very Cool story.
  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,705

    Jalopy Joker

    unique ride and story
  11. 37willysgasser
    Joined: Jul 24, 2007
    Posts: 769


    love that car, great story!
  12. I like, I like it even better it was restored to how John Sak built it.
  13. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,040

    Alliance Vendor

    He wants to buy it back it will be interesting to see what the future holds!
  14. Lukydevl
    Joined: Feb 23, 2010
    Posts: 700

    from Arizona

    Great story, very Kool car..
  15. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    Great story ! I hope he is able to buy it back!!
  16. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,234


    Awesome story. Love those 41's. Glad to see another one has been found and will be restored

  17. Nice story - would be great to have the car back with John Sak
    It is always great to have a car return 'home'
  18. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,370

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Very cool. Glad to hear the car survived.
    That super narrowed desoto grille strikes me as being out of proportion with only three teeth and full size lights. Sort of like a 4 dr. car that's been shortened into a 2 dr.

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