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Old Oakland Roadster show car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Legendary Lars, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Legendary Lars
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    So I snapped up this old Roadster, that the guy claims was built in the late 40's raced in the 50's and shown at the Oakland roadster show from 58 to 63. It was built by Big John Zanino of the Kingsmen, a Stockton hot rod club. I am looking for info on the car and old pics as I want to get it back to its show car state and bring it to next years Oakland Roadster show.

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  2. Nice A roadster I like how the reveals have been modified. Harry Westergard didn't do the mods by any chance? It definitely has a Bay area look that was common in the late 40s early 50s
     
  3. Mr48chev
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    The basic car looks familiar from show coverage from that period but someone would have to dig out the old magazines.
     
  4. thunderbirdesq
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    Bitchin! Love the desoto grille. Those wheels look like a later addition, but the car is RAD.
     
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  5. tommy v
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    nice car , he told my buddy it was a 1963 AMBR car, i like it with the bumpers
     
  6. Legendary Lars
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    Yeah the Bumpers are rad, I also got the floating fenders. You can tell it was a show car for sure as the rear pumpkin is painted same as body, and the bell housing on the trans is Polished aluminum.
     
  7. Legendary Lars
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    Here is a Cloes up pic of the paint

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  8. Dirty Dug
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    What a fantastic score. It does look very familiar. Did someone say floating fenders? That sounds familiar too. Someone will know.
     
  9. Legendary Lars
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    Here are the fenders and the nerf Bar
     
  10. need louvers ?
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    Man, it looks super familiar. I think I remeber it as the a car in the background of a main shot from one of the first years of the roadster show. I think the main car in the image is a track T maybe. I'll dig out the stuff tonight if I have time and see if my hunch is right...
     
  11. Legendary Lars
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    Awesome Many people have told me they have seen it in early hot rod mags.

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  12. badshifter
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    PM Rikster, he'll know. Looks great!
     
  13. Van Gordon had a early 20s dodge roadster with a Desoto grille and was used in advertising the first NRS, seems the Desoto grille was bit of a Norcal deal. Did the seller say who did the body work. Smoothed reveals were somewhat of a trademark of Harry Westergard.
     
  14. Rikster
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    Sorry... don't know the car... its a Hot Rod!
    Now if it where a Custom, I might have known it :)
     
  15. Spooky
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    Wasn't this car in Hot Rod's of the 1950's buy Andy Sutherland?
     
  16. C.R.Glow Neon
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    great looking car from the past, from a old Stockton car club, RD
     
  17. Rusty Junk Ranch
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    I saw that on Craigslist! I knew it would not last long. If I had not just bought my Bonneville roadster, it might be in my garage right now!!! Congrats!:D
     
  18. Legendary Lars
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    Thanks Rocky what car did you get ? Wondering if anyone snapped up that one from visalia yet
     
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  20. Jonnie King
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    Great car, super grille, perfect stance ! What's not to like ?!

    Good buy, but I'm not familiar with the car either.

    JK www.legends.thewwbc.net
     
  21. milo1303s
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    I know I'm new but are the doors sealed up on it GREAT CAR no matter congrats to you !!!!
     
  22. Legendary Lars
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    Yes the doors are sealed, thats part of the custom look and may have been sealed for racing, in the 50's
     
  23. Rusty Junk Ranch
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    This one, my doors are welded closed for racing also.
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  24. sololobo
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    What an amazing car, great to see it out and hopefully back in circulation. The Desoto grill is beautiful. Thanx for this cool historic info. ~sololobo~
     
  25. luciomduran
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    Sick Car. Love the grill.
     
  26. need louvers ?
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    Nope... The only car in that book with the Desoto nose is the "buzzbomb" '27 coupe. I did some quick checking, and the picture I thought it was in, it wasn't. Time to dig a bit deeper. It's always nice having eveything in print, but it gets to be a bit of a treasure hunt sometimes. I'll keep at it though.
     
  27. notrod13
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    from long beach

    southerland might know the car anyhow worth getting in touch with him
     
  28. S.F.
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    RAD!!!! my doors are welded shut on my survivor too
     
  29. Legendary Lars
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    SIck Quick change and those rims are RAD !!!!
     
  30. Legendary Lars
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    Thanks for checking up on it.
     

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