Cotton's Paint & Body Shop

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Cotton's Paint & Body Shop was a paint and body shop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma run and operated by Cotton Woodworth. Cotton spent his weekdays fixing fenders on ranch trucks, and bumpers on family sedans, and his weekends watching football - the national champion Oklahoma Sooners. One day he received a call from the local Statefarm agency, they explained that they had a 1949 Ford Convertible which had been involved in a major traffic accident. Cotton was asked to take a look at it and figure out the damage. He declared it a loss, the cost of fixing up the car would be more that the car was worth. The insurance company handed the car over to Cotton and cut their losses.[1] After that, he swept out an unoccupied stall in his shop and parked the car to await what spare time he could find. His original plan was to fix the car up cheap as possible, and then sell it with a profit. The car remained in the stall until a customer drove by in his 1951 Ford Victoria, Cotton fell in love with the design and began to notice that the proportions were very similar to those of his crushed 1949 Ford Convertible. An idea popped into Cottons head, "why not install a Victoria top on the Convertible body?".[2] After Cotton had restyled his 1949 Ford, he made an ad with the following slogan: "If We Can't Customize It... THROW IT AWAY!"

Cars Restyled by Cotton's Paint & Body Shop

Cotton Woodworth's 1949 Ford Unconvert


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