Korky's Kustom Shop
The souvenir program for the 1960 Hartford Autorama contains an ad for Korky's Kustom Shop. At the time, the shop was located at 14 Highland Avenue, a two-car wood frame garage behind his parent's house in Whippany. In 2019 Thomas Casserly told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that he used to watch Korky build many of his customs in the early to mid-1960s;"Korky’s Parisienne was built in my back yard, the house where I grew up had a back yard that backed up to Korky’s. When we were small kids we would go down and look in the windows to see what he was working on. Little did we know that we were watching history. There were times when the Barris show made the rounds to the East Coast and all the cars, the Batmobile, Bat Cycle, and Sonny and Cher’s cars were all in Korky’s parent's driveway. Unbelievable when I think back."
Korky had four custom cars on display at the 1960 Hartford Autorama, two of these, Robert Giblock's 1951 Ford and John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury, made its debut at the show. Korky ran an ad in the Souvenir Pictorial for the show advertising his business. In the ad, he advertised for custom-built bodies, interiors & engines and custom made taillights and parking lights in lucite.
After building a bubble-topped 1962 Jaguar for Bobby Freeman, George Barris asked Korky if he wanted to come to California and work for Barris Kustoms. Korky took the offer and went across the country. Thomas Casserly, an old neighbor of Korky, believes Korky did some work at Whippany Auto Body on route 10 for a short while before he headed West. At Barris Kustoms Korky went on to become the shop foreman.
Cars Restyled by Korky's Kustom Shop
Maximilian King's 1940 Mercury Convertible
Billy Smith's 1949 Mercury Convertible
Robert Giblock's 1951 Ford
Richard Korkes' 1952 Mercury Convertible
J. P. Hanusocky's 1953 Oldsmobile 98
Andy Belusko's 1954 Ford
Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford Convertible - The Parisienne
John Nadzon's 1954 Mercury - The Mysterian
George Pillion's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible - The Sportsman
Art Guglielmi's 1955 Ford Victoria
Bobby Freedman's 1962 Jaguar XK-E
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