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History The Downing "JET CAR" Atlanta, Georgia (Does it still exist?)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by spriso, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. spriso
    Joined: Nov 12, 2008
    Posts: 6

    spriso
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    from Oregon

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    One of my co-workers recently brought me these images of a custom car that his dad and uncle built in the mid-50s from a wrecked 1952 Oldsmobile (with 53 Oldsmobile quarter panels) and an extensive amount of other work. The car was painted "Astec red", and at the time, it got a fair amount of press (see images below).

    Tom and Jim Downing owned a large used car lot in the Atlanta area-- here is a shot of the car in front of their store:
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    As featured in Motor Trend magazine
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    Anyone one remember this one? Does it still exist? I figured if anyone might know, it would be the guys here!

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
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  2. That's a great looking car, I hope you find it!!
     
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  3. Grill looks like a catfish Stude.
     
  4. $um Fun
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 617

    $um Fun
    Member
    from Nor Cal

    Call Jim Downing and ask, his shop number is 770-457-6300. He is also the inventor of the HANS device that has saved many race car drivers.
     
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  5. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
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    Jet Car appears to be missing key component: jet engine.
     
  6. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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    BJR
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    that's because it had a "Rocket" engine!
     
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  7. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,691

    raven
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    That is some beautiful styling, well thougtht out.
    r
     
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  8. That's a good looking car, would love to know if it still exist's today.
     
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