This thread got me thinking on a related topic.... that is, the number of early customs that were wrecked. Some were wrecked as late model cars and rebuilt as customs, like George Barris' Sahara, some were wrecked as late model cars bought by customizers and rebuilt, like George Barris' Blue Danube, others were customized, wrecked, and rebuilt, some of them more than once and others were customized then wrecked and junked. In the forties, fifties and early sixties this was pretty common. Later custom cars became show cars and were not exposed to the hazards so much, even then some were wrecked on trailers like the R&C Dream Truck. I bet Rik Hoving could make a list of about 50 early customs known to have been involved in more or less serious accidents, if I can think of 5 or 10. So, we don't live in a perfect world. Shit happens.