The Chuck Noble Photo Collection

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Don Vargo's 1934 Ford cabriolet. Named the 69er, Don's Ford was restyled by the Alexander Brothers. The build made its debut at the 1962 Detroit Autorama. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
We believe this is an early photo of Joanne Dream's 1954 Oldsmobile. Taken before the car was built into a pickup. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A mildly restyled 1957 Chevrolet custom. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Dick Scully's 1958 Ford Thunderbird. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A 1955 Chevrolet custom known as the "Barracuda". Modifications includes a chopped top, canted quad headlights, and a rolled pan or molded in front bumper. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
An earlier or later version of the "Barracuda." Notice the darker paint job and dressed up grille. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Carl Casper's 1951 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe of Flint, Michigan. Named "Exotic Empress," the Chevrolet was Carl's first car, and he purchased it in 1956, when he was 15 years old. Carl started restyling the car as soon as he got it. It was his only means of transportation when he turned 16, and the Chevy was driven throughout the process. Carl continued to modify the car until it became a full custom. This photo shows the car as it appeared in 1962. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A rear end shot of Carl Casper's Exotic Empress. Carl's exotic display at the show included palms and monkey-dolls. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
An interior shot of Carl Casper's 1951 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A white primered mid-fifties GM custom. It looks like this one started out as a 1954 Buick. Modifications includes a split front bumper, a pancaked hood and winged quarter panels. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Chuck Goering's 1953 Studebaker custom. The front and rear of the Studebaker were extended 8 inches, before the car received canted quad headlights. The top was also chopped, and it was powered by a Pontiac engine. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A mildly restyled Oldsmobile custom that had been fit with canted quad headlights. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A 1940 Ford custom running canted quad headlights and a padded top. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A 1933 - 1934 Ford Competition Coupe belonging to a member of the Torquers of Minneapolis car club. In 2017 Bert Rogers told Kustomrama that he remembered the coupe from the Torquers of Minneapolis garage in 1961-1962; "The owner's name was Mike, and the car occupied the stall in the south east corner of the club garage on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It was built as a show-race car with a 303 ci Olds that was bored to 310 ci. It ran a Hilborn fuel injection and one of the first B&M Hydro Transmissions in the area. Mike was a member of the Torquers, and he lived in St. Paul. George Lang's Tempest II had the center-rear stall in the garage."[1] Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
Gordy McLean's 1934 Ford 5-window coupe. Featuring a Gold Metalflake paint job, the car was shown as the "34 Karat Coupe." Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.
A chopped 1956 Chevrolet custom. Photo courtesy of Chuck Noble.

Chuck Noble of Chicago, Illinois attended his first hot rod and custom car show back in the late 1960s; "As a boy my Dad took me to my first Rod & Custom Show at the Amphitheater in Chicago, I believe it was 1969. The following year we returned to the Amphitheater for the Annual Auto Show. I remember as a 10 year old being terribly disappointed, asking my Dad "Where are all the cool cars"? "

Chuck came across a collection of indoor car show photos at an estate sale. The photos are dated "Jan 62," so they are taken sometime prior to that. Chuck believes they were taken at a show in Chicago or in the Midwest of the United States. In February of 2017 he shared his photos with Kustomrama so we all can enjoy them.


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