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History Some Barris Cars Had Bad Luck!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Evel, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    What a thing to wake up to....thank EVEL for ruining my day. haha!!!
  2. Caddy-O
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,645


    Great thread... finally something with some content
  3. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,795


    Thanks Evel and Rik. This is an interesting topic.
  4. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,485

    from Ohio

    Thanks Piero for the thread and Rik for the snippets. Very interesting (and scary) all at the same time!
  5. BaznJosh
    Joined: Oct 13, 2010
    Posts: 176


    George is such a wonderful man!! Met him a couple of times at VLV.
    Got him to sign my jacket, and take photos with him. He LOVES the ladies!
    My wife adores him!
  6. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    Scanning through the posts I didn't see any mention of this. The Sam Barris Buick was wrecked or deteriorated to the point it was essentially scrap. Kurt McCormick rescued the car and resurrected/restored it.
  7. Lets not forget Jerry Quesnel`s merc, when the new owner had it (after Jerry) he had some pretty bad damage to rear end of that car. The kid had brought the car back to the Barris shop to try to have them repair it.
  8. iammarvin
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,198

    from Tulare, Ca

    Neat thread, wonder if Darryl is still trying to sell the 3 window?:rolleyes:
  9. rat seeker
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 373

    rat seeker

    This is a great thread.
  10. Sanford Graham
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 89

    Sanford Graham

    Howdy Thanks for sharing such valuble information .I have had the pleasure of meeting George Barris and Mrs.Barris at the James Dean Run,in Fairmount, Indiana, also Gene Winfeild, and Bill Hines. How Great it was too meet people you've read about as a kid in some store, talking a peek inside the Car mags of the time. happy motorin
  11. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    The Sam Barris Buick was not wrecked... it was left to rot, does not count for this thread. However one of Sam's son got sick in the freshly upholstered back seat (velvet type of upholstery)... so that almost counts in this thread.

  12. Not trying to argue with you Evel but on the 41 Buick ,I always thought that George wrecked that himself .In his book "techniques-volume 1 pg-35 he says " I wasnt always as careful as i should of been . Oh well,it gave me a chance to do some work." I guess it doesnt matter , I just thought George banged it up.
    We have to remember a lot of these cars were daily drivers and they did get banged up pretty often. It is kind of hard to look at though.
  13. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,854

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Can anyone list all the cars that were lost in the shop fire?
    IIRC, Jane Mansfield's car and the Wildcat F 100 were a couple. Dean Jeffries was able to back his girlfiend's car (56 Chevy?) out of the building to safety. Always wondered if he thought about selecting a different vehicle? Guess that would have been the end of the girlfriend.

    Also, I believe the Bettancout/Zupan Merc was stolen from Dean Jeffrey's shop lot around 1970. Not sure if it's ever resurfaced?

    Barris bought the James Dean Spyder to part out and display. Legens of the car rolling off the truck and injuring the truck driver as well as the drivetrain parts going into other Porsches only to end with fatal consequenses.
  14. Gasser 57
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 783

    Gasser 57
    from New Jersey

    Do you know what ever became of this car with the quad headlights? Was it ever a finished car? Any more pics of it? That is a really cool looking front end.

  15. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,477

    from WA

    Excellent thread and what a string of Bad Luck....but the comment about them being "drivers" is right on the money
  16. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,025

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Thanks everyone for the good words and thanks Rik for the additional information..

    The car above was called "the china man" and was never rebuilt..a friend of mine is collecting parts to eventually make a clone of it..
  17. Great thread Evel and Rik. It's a bummer to look at those pics, but neat to hear some of the history. I never knew the Hirohata Merc. was wrecked. It's good to see those iconic cars were driven!

  18. Its on the Watson Clock poster in the middle at the very top done in Green!
  19. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    This is what George said about the accident not to long ago.

    "Some time Later the car was in an accident. A friend of George was trying to drive the car from a scene where Police had showed up and where George was arrested. He apparently lost control over the car and crashed it.
    But George decided he could fix the car and updated it at the same time. George now used a cut down 1946 Caddy grille and new tire/hubcap combination."
  20. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    This is the same car but before the later quad headlights and other additions.
    And even then the grille was already damaged. I guess this car really had some bad karma.


    And here it is with the unharmed grille


    And here is a color photo of the car (behind Junior's Shoebox) and a soft green and black primer.

    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
  21. Don't forget that Zaro got in an accident in his '40 Merc on the way to the Barris shop the day he was taking it in to get the chop done.
  22. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,025

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Damn the before of the chinaman was cool.. Great pic Rik!!

    As for the story about George's 41 this is what he told me directly..I don't know about what was written but it could of been a mix up on Georges part
  23. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,608


    Cool thread, thanks Evel!
  24. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 10,713


    Here some pics of the Dream truck & Carl Green when it was Dewey, Ok....




    My truck was in the shop when the dream truck was there. I wish I knew what
    was going on back then.... I would have taken a lot of pictures.

    Happy Trails, Mick
  25. dullchrome
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 987

    from SoCal

    Wow....excellent post...thanks!
  26. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


  27. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


  28. Thanks for posting some very interesting history.
  29. Awesome, thanks for the history lesson!
  30. emiliedk
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 614

    from denmark

    super cool thread..thanks EVEL and RIK!
    if you ever find that photo of the jack stewart wrecked..please give me a call! Lol

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