John Sal Cocciola's 1938 Chevrolet
1938 Chevrolet Convertible restyled by Harry Westergard for John Sal Cocciola of 667 Fallon Avenue Pittsburg, California. In 1946, 19 year old John was very interested in custom cars, so therefore he decided to have his Chevy to be restyled by Westergard of Sacramento. John had already installed a spotlight and fender skirts with upside down Buick trim. Westergard restyled the front by installing a 1941 Packard Clipper grille, sunken LaSalle headlights and accessory lights. The stock bumpers were replaced by a set of 1941 Oldsmobile units, which featured their stock Olds bumper guards. Fender skirts and a continental kit was added as well. The deck lid was shaved, however the door handles were retained. To achieve a smoother look, the trim on the hood sides were removed. The windshield was chopped, and a padded white top was installed by Hall Upholstery.
Sadly enough, John died when he was only 23 years old in another custom car, a 1946 Cadillac on June 25th 1950, while driving the Santa Cruz mountains. Manuel Gonsalves 22, of Oakley drove the Cadillac, and ended up hitting another car causing a head-on collision. Cocciola died enroute to the Santa Cruz County hospital, while Manuel suffered a fractured leg and lacerations. Tony Fernandez 22 of Oakley, another passenger in the Cadillac, suffered multiple cuts and bruises and a broken arm. The highway patrolmen said the crash occured in the center lane of the three-lane highway. The crash also killed a woman and injured her husband and 15 year old son.
Magazine Features and Appearances
- The HAMB- NEW Identified Harry Westergard Custom 1938 Chevy
- Oakland Tribune June 26, 1950
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