Joe Wilhelm of San Jose, California is a legendary customizer that ran his own shop Wilhelm's Custom Shop in San Jose, California. Joe stared working around a garage when he was 17 years old. He came to California from Nebraska in 1942 to work at a defense plant.
He started doing custom work part-time on his own and others cars around 1945. He started by molding hoods and deck lids, before he moved onto doing mild customs. Around 1954 he had his customs in the auto shows. They made it to the magazines, and were even picked to be in the top ten. This gave Joe the incentive to carry on and try to build finer customs.
Joe passed away in 1998.
Joe Wilhelm's Cars
Joe Wilhelm's 1939 Nash Coupe
Cars Restyled by Joe Wilhelm
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