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History Purple period correct or not ?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by gtokid70, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. gtokid70
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    I have seen purple used quite frequently on rods and customs. I have looked through many 50s and 60s car magazines, problem is their mostly B&W. I'm more familiar with the 70s when anything went, as this is when i got into cars. Just wondering if anybody has insight of how popular purple was back then.


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  2. Stogy
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    Yes it is...now period correct to what time in the history covered here is important...Check out the Covers of the little Mags and Hotrod...

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  4. Flathead Dave
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    As far as I remember, and being a 60's kid...purple has always been around on cars.

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  5. Black Panther
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    Check out the thread about Larry Watson. He loved purple...his famous quote as to why he painted his cars purple? Chicks dig purple. They still do...
     
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  11. wvenfield
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    Purple is the bomb. Only color I would ever consider painting my car if I was going with another color.
     
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  12. carcruse
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    Back in 1963, the son of my Mom's boss had a '32 Ford channeled coupe. It was painted purple and he called it the Purple People Eater. So yes, purple was popular back then.
     
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  13. Been considering PURP for my '47 Ford...:D
     
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  14. Would really like to see more purple cars or trucks... just saying:):D
     
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  15. 'Mo
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    Joe Nitti's roadster was sporting purple way back in 1950.

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    Eddy Dye's roadster was built by the Ayala Bros. in 1951, featuring a custom-mixed purple hue they called "Cherry Orchid".

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  16. Purple was popular in the mid 50s to early 60s in cars as well as local culture, evidenced by the Detroit gang “the purple gang”.
    It made a comeback in the early 70s with the Chrysler color plumb crazy on the charger/ cuda. Hope i got that correct.
     
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  17. 'Mo
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    Ben Mario's Buick was an early Barris build.(late Forties?)

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  18. Barris painted a bunch of Customs deep purple. Not a lot of colour pictures of them around but a couple of restorations and a couple of colourised pics by Rik Hoving of Barris Customs that were purple in the 50's.
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  19. RidgeRunner
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  20. It was around in Connecticut back in the 50’s and 60’s Mostly on customs where it belongs. JMO


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  21. Torchie
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    My wife is an artist and she will tell you that Purple is one of the hardest colors to get right.
    When I was a young car guy we called it "Burple" in the paint shops. Kind of a mix between dark blue and purple.
    Been around for ever. Elvis had a 56( I think) Caddy Convert panted that color. The legend is he took the car to a local shop in Memphis along with a bunch of Concord grapes. Squished the grapes on the front fender and told the painter to match that color. So maybe it should be called "Graple".LOL
    Don't know if it's a true story or not. It should be......
    Big daddy dug it.
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  22. Jalopy Joker
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    20191031_161720.jpg don't forget song "The Purple People Eater" (1958) Sheb Wooley
    later Hot rod interpretation
     
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  23. Stogy
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    Purple seems to have a pretty good grapple on both Hotrod and Custom and Certainly Stands Tall doing it...Do It!
     
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  24. Blue One
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    I’m one who doesn’t like purple at all.

    I’ll walk past purple cars and not give them a second look.

    And I also don’t like Red, especially red interiors.
     
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  25. X-cpe
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    One of the first hot rods I remember was a purple 33/4 full fendered coupe that one of the members drove to Order of the Arrow meetings in Ventura in the early 60's.
     
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  26. Yea, I think purple is OK.

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  27. 'Mo
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    More...Please? (Oliver Twist)

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  28. COCONUTS
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    I painted my first car a 1959 Morris Minor woody wagon, Plum Crazy.
     
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  29. ididntdoit1960
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    IIRC the color was inspired by a royal triton oil can
     

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