Bill Layman's 1954 Chevrolet

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A photo of the Chevrolet next to Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury. An old Barris Kustom that Bill bought and restored right after the Chevrolet was completed. Photo courtesy of Bill Layman.
The Chevrolet was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom February 1991, along with the restored version of Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury.
Photo courtesy of Bill Layman.
Photo courtesy of Bill Layman.
Photo courtesy of Bill Layman.

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air owned and restyled by Bill Layman of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Bill patterned his Chevrolet after Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, better known as the Moonglow. It was not built as a clone, but rather a tribute build, looking like the first version finished in a bright, almost candy blue paint job almost like the final version. All work was metal finished and leaded where needed. [1] The work was done in Bill's two car garage with the help of his close friend Art Klos. Art performed the body and paint work on the car. The build was completed in 1988.[2]

Bill sold the Chevrolet in 1997. In 2014 it had changed hands four times, and it was currently owned by Richard Burch from Eclectic, Alabama. Richard purchased the car in 2004.[2]

Magazine Features

Rod & Custom February 1991


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