The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by freebird101, Aug 24, 2010.
we really needed it and don't have it. I'll start with some photos I got from Kustomrama.
This promises to be a very interesting thread! Guess I'll have to dig thru my old magazines.
I just found an old mechanix illustrated mag with a mahogany sport custom.
I laughed about the phone of tomorrow
The Fitzpatric, now part of the Joe Bortz Collection
Kurtis Omohundro Comet, now owned by Geoff Hacker
Life Magazine photos
Built in 1938!
Gerald Huth Cadillac (photos from the Geoff Hacker Collection)
I think ,Im guna enjoy this , great stuff , keep it coming...........
One of my favorites... Kurtis
And still around...
A few from the DM Nacional Factory
Photos from the Geoff Hacker Collection
i think i need to build me one of these
Here's a few
Famous local car based on a '39 Mercury. Raced in the Monte Carlo Rally.
cool looking thing, maybe its just me but with that grille it looks kinda bug-eyed
we have a conquest in the garage right now getting ready for a redo
I don't know if the Tommy Lee Special would count as a sport custom, but its nice and kinda matches the description.
It look cool I don't know but it looks like it has a Kinda 60's Ferrari looking grille I don't know thats the vibe I'm Getting.
Attached are some pictures of a LaDawri Conquest sports car. There's a thin line between "Sport Custom" and "Sports Car". So far in my research, what seems to define the difference is production numbers.
Typically Sport Customs were built as a one-off whereas if many were made - like the LaDawri Conquest - then these would be classified as Sports Cars. The Maverick - posted by Rikster earlier - would be a sports car since they built between 7 and 12 of these as well. Of course this is subjective - and just my thoughts at this time.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Attached is an article from Special Interest Autos (SIA) from 1977. It was written by my friend Ray Scroggins, who worked with a number of different folks to put together a "10,000 foot level" view of Sport Custom Cars from the 1940's and beyond. It's a great article and the first since the 1950's to address the classification of Sports Customs in any detail.
For the past 5 years, I've been researching both the fiberglass sports cars of the 1950's as well as the Sport Custom cars from the 1930's and 1940's. Rikster has shared many photos I've found and I've been researching the families and people who built them as well.
Hopefully, when we are finished with our book "Forgotten Fiberglass" we'll start on writing the full history of Sport Customs - something I'll be starting to share within the next year on a new website for Sport Customs too.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the article, and am happy to help with any questions, if anyone out there is interested.
Happy Reading Gang...
Donald O'Conner Sports Custom
Photos from the Geoff Hacker Collection (Strother MacMinn)
And as used in the Dan Post Blue Book of Custom Restyling
The Maverick is still around. Recently restored IIRC.
some beautiful designs here,
second car in post #15 is very sexy
but some of the others, like the 1950 Saturn in post #26 take a minute to digest
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