Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford

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Once completed in 1959 the Victorian was painted black. By April of 1960 the Victorian had been painted white with scallops. Teddy Zgrzemski did the scallops on the car when he was 14 years old. "I went over to his garage and taped them all off," he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2019, "then my uncle (Bill Hines) painted them." The next day Teddy came in and pinstriped around the edges. "I got 15 dollars for doing it," he still recalled in 2019. "Back then I was into customizing, and money wasn't that important. It was the second or third scallop paint job that I ever did on a car." Known as the Victorian, Sy's Crown Victoria went on to become a pretty famous car. "White Pearl with Candy Apple Red scallops. That was a beautiful car. The nicest car the Alexander Brothers built I thought." Photo from The Dave Jenkins Collection.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by Dave Jenkins.
Photo by George Barris
Photo by George Barris
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A photo of Sy with a third iteration of the Victorian. When this photo was taken, Sy had replaced the stock sidetrim with custom trim and repainted it. Photo from The Robert Genat Collection.
A Candy red version of the Victorian was shown at the 1963 Portland Roadster Show. This version was owned by Buddy Parazoo of Portland.
Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
By June of 1963 pearl white trim had been added to the body to repair chipped areas. Photo courtesy of Dick Page.
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The Alexander Brothers reunited with the Victorian. Photo courtesy of Transforming the Pickle.
Photo courtesy of Transforming the Pickle.

1955 Ford Crown Victoria restyled by the Alexander Brothers for Sy Gregorich of Detroit, Michigan. Sy worked for the AMT Model Company in Detroit in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, and he helped develop the company's successful line of 3-in-One customizing kits. In 2020 Rick Rothermel told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that when George Barris became a consultant to AMT he would stay at Sy and Kathy's house in Detroit.[1]


Restyled by the A Bros

It took Mike and Larry Alexander two years to turn the car into a show winning custom car. The brothers formed new front and rear panels out of 1953 Studebaker shells. The front bumper was a narrowed 1959 Chevrolet unit. Chromed mesh filled both cavities on the car. The front headlights came from a 1955 Oldsmobile, and the taillights were 1955 Mercury units. The hood was rounded and peaked. The exhausts were routed through custom shrouds below the doors. Inside, the interior was done in red and white pleated Naugahyde.


Scalloped by Teddy and Uncle Bill

Once completed in 1959 the car was painted black. By April of 1960, it had been painted pearl white by the Alexander Brothers. This iteration was also dressed up with scallops. Teddy Zgrzemski did the scallops on the car when he was 14 years old. "I went over to his garage and taped them all off," he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2019, "then my uncle (Bill Hines) painted them." The next day Teddy came in and pinstriped around the edges. "I got 15 dollars for doing it," he still recalled in 2019. "Back then I was into customizing, and money wasn't that important. It was the second or third scallop paint job that I ever did on a car." Known as the Victorian, Sy's Crown Victoria went on to become a pretty famous car. "White Pearl with Candy Apple Red scallops. That was a beautiful car. The nicest car the Alexander Brothers built I thought."[2]


Mike and Larry redid the Victorian three times for Sy, and the Victorian became the first car ever to wear an Alexander Brothers' Trademark Badge.


Sold to Buddy Parazoo

In 1963 a Candy Wild Cherry version of the Victorian was shown at the Portland Roadster Show, by then it had been sold to Buddy Parazoo of Portland, Oregon. By June of 1963, pearl white trim had been added to the body to repair chipped areas.[3]


Still around

Dick Page spotted the remains of the car in the lot at a Portland swap meet. It was totally trashed in crude primer, filthy and stripped.[3]


Magazine Features and Appearances

Customs Illustrated September 1959
Custom Cars August 1960
Rodding and Re-styling August 1960
Rodding and Re-styling January 1961
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual
Trend Book 205 Restyle Your Car
Speed and Custom February 1962
Customs Illustrated November 1962


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