1960

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Buzz Pitzen's 1923 Ford fiberglass bodied Model T roadster of Redondo Beach, California. Buzz bought the body from Diablo Speed Shop in Walnut Creek, California, and it is believed to be the first fiberglass T Bucket ever made. Known as the Glass Image, the build was completed in 1960, making it the worlds first known Fiberglass T-bucket hot rod.
Lee A. Jagla's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up of Hayward, California. Lee was a member of the Hayward V-Eights car club, and the Model T was a high school graduation gift from his parents in 1960. In 2014 the old hot rod was sold to Norway.
Dick Kalivoda and John Hamlin's 1925 Ford Modified Model T Roadster of Seattle, Washington. The car had a racing past when Dick bought it, and the car is also known as Ed Norton & Armie Marion's 1925 Ford Model-T Roadster. Dick bought the car from Ed and Armie in the late 1950s,and he hit the strip with it in 1960.
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford Roadster was built in Sweden during the winter of 1959/1960.
Rick Menz' 1934 Ford Tudor-Sedan of Sepulveda, California. Rick began building the car in 1960. At the time he was a member of the Chancellors of Van Nuys car club. He sold the Ford in 1962 before the build was completed.
Ron Maxwell's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Salt Lake City, Utah. The build was started in 1954, when Ron was 15 years old. The first iteration of the coupe was completed in 1955. Ron's coupe ran under flathead and later Cadillac power, competing in B/Altered at strips around Utah. In 1960 an Orange iteration of the car was completed.
Bob Davis' 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Long Beach, California was restyled in 1960. Bob was a member of the Lords of Wilmington car club.
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible of Berwyn, Illinois. Rich was a member of the Bearing Busters of Berwyn, and the other members in the club helped him build the car. The first version was completed in 1959. In 1960 fellow club member Dave Puhl gave the car a scallop paint job. This version of the car was named the Beach Comber.
John Sak's 1941 Ford Convertible of Syracuse, New York. Named "Barbie" after his wife, the build was started in 1957 and completed in 1960. "Barbie" was John's third 1941 Ford custom.
Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet 210 2-door sedan of Artesia, California. The car was originally restyled in the late 1950s, and it went trough at least two iterations before Gerald tore it down to fit it with canted quad headlights in 1959. The work was done by a guy in San Pedro. When the job was almost done, Gerald got drafted in to the army and decided to sell the car for $300 in 1960.
Tom Von Pertz's 1954 Chevrolet of Lynwood, California. Tom was a member of the Tridents of Southern California car club, and he had the car when he joined the club in 1960.
The second version of John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury of Parsippany, New Jersey was restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop. The car, named The Mysterian, made its debut February 17, 1960 at the Hartford Autorama.
Larry Quatrone's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria was painted candy gold and lime by Larry Watson in 1960.
The second version of Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird made its debut in 1960.
Bill Shelley's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette of Oakland, California. Named "Bali Hi," the car was restyled by Bill and Bob McNulty. The build was completed in 1960.
Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto of San Jose, California. Doug's Desoto was first restyled by Flyer Tabata at Flyers Body Shop in 1959. In 1960 it was taken to Joe Bailon of Bailon Custom Shop for a makeover. This version received one of Bailon's signature Candy Apple Red paint jobs.
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane of Lansing, Michigan. Jerry was a custom painter and pinstriper, operating under the name "Spider the Crazy Painter". He was also the President of the Injectors of Lyons car club. Jerry's Ford, known as the Candy Cane, received a custom paint job by Jerry and his buddy Dave Edmonds in July of 1960.
Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette of Norwalk, California. Gary bought the Corvette in 1960. At the time he was the President of the Seagrams of Norwalk car club.
Dick Rothfuss' 1959 Chevrolet Impala of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dick's Impala, known as "Poopsie", was restyled late 1959 - early 1960.
John Guenther's 1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Restyled in 1960, the car was shown as "The Beach Boy."
Danny Leonette's 1960 Chevrolet Impala of Norwalk, California. Danny was one of the original members of the Seagrams of Norwalk car club, and he bought the Impala brand new. After buying it he dropped it in the front and back and added Appleton spotlights.
Jim Beeson's 1960 Ford Starliner of Paramount, California. Jim was a member of the Dutchmen of Paramount car club, and the bought the car brand new in the Spring of 1960.
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura of a Lansing, Michigan. Dell's Pontiac received a scallop and panel paint job by Jerry Drake and Larry Cooper in 1960.
Darryl Starbird's Predicta of Wichita, Kansas. In February of 1960 Darryl Starbird introduced the full bubble top to the custom car industry, as he debuted his Predicta at the prestigious National Roadster Show in Oakland, California. Starbird was only 26 years old at the time and his futuristic bubble top creations helped him become the most influential customizer in the midwest during the 1960s. The Predicta won “The Car of the Future Award” at the Oakland show, and Motor Life magazine picked it as their Top Custom of the year in 1960.

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Many of the cars that rolled off the factory assembly lines in 1960 would have been considered radical customs some years prior if they were one-of-a-kind models. The majority of 1960 cars being restyled did not have extensive metalwork changes. Changes in paint, extreme custom upholstery became more common as the cars became more radical from the factory. According to Trend Book 189 Custom Cars 1960 Annual the trend for 1960 seemed to be a meticulous attention to details. Trunks were beautifully finished and fitted, and upholstery jobs showed superb workmanship. Paint in many cases consisted of skillful blending of transparent and metallic colors making many paint jobs an individual creation. By now each show car also had its own exotic name.


Sam Barris finished his last fully custom in 1960, The El Capitola.


In 1960 The Slow Pokes car club of Avenel, New Jersey held their first Boro Motorama.


Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1960

Buzz Pitzen's 1923 Ford Fiberglass Bodied Model T Roadster - The Glass Image
Lee A. Jagla's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Ron Maxwell's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe


Custom Cars Restyled or Completed in 1960

Bob Davis' 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible
The Jade Idol
The El Capitola
John Sak's 1941 Ford Convertible
Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet 210 2-Door Sedan
John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury - The Mysterian
Larry Quatrone's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria
Don Von Dwingelo's 1956 Ford Thunderbird
Bob Dzemske's 1956 Lincoln Capri
Bill Shelley's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette - "Bali Hi"
Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane - Candy Cane
Skip Batchelor's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Dick Rothfuss' 1959 Chevrolet Impala - "Poopsie"
John Guenther's 1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner - "The Beach Boy"
Danny Leonette's 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Geno Janokowski's 1960 Ford - The Black Jack
Jim Beeson's 1960 Ford Starliner
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Darryl Starbird's Predicta


Competition Cars Built or Completed in 1960

Dick Kalivoda and John Hamlin's 1925 Ford Modified Model T Roadster


Hot Rod or Custom Car Shows Held in 1960

Syracuse Autorama


Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs Established in 1960

Romans Hot Rod Association


Custom Body Shops Established in 1960

Trend Automotive



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