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Silhouette Movie stills

Part of a movie (Woderful World of Wheels) in which the Silhouette is shown can be seen here:

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Full movie can be purchaced here: http://www.carfilms.com/

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    Silhouette
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    Sectioned 56 Ford custom Marquis
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    Other Bill Cushenbery customs
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    Frank Gould 58Chevy Limelighter
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    El Matador '40 Ford
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    Corvair-powered Bubble top

    In the world of custom cars this vehicle is the unfinished “Picasso”, truly the rarest hand built bu ...more

    bbletop car on earth. In 1963 Bill Cushenbery embarked on a project that would span four decades, outlive Bill and the story continues. The vehicle was a hand built all-aluminum Corvair-powered bubble-top concept car. Bill was well into the construction of the vehicle when he was approached by a group of promoters to go into partnership with them. He needed the financial equipment, including the aluminum car to their facility in Burbank, California. A short-lived business deal sent Bill packing back to Monterey, California less the aluminum car. Bill had no financial means to buy his car back, so it was lost. The car was sold a number of times over the years and although Bill’s search went on for over 35 years he was never able to locate it. In a 1997 interview conducted by Jerry Weesner, editor for Custom Rodder magazine, Bill spoke at length regarding the mysterious aluminum car. Tragically, less then a year after the interview, Bill was struck with cancer and passed away shortly thereafter. Ironically, within a few months of Bill’s death, Carl Green and his son Rick discovered the car on a ranch outside San Diego, California. Almost totally hidden by tall weeds, the car had several small trees growing up thru the engine compartment, and a pack rats nest built high over the Corvair power plant. Actually, for more than 35 years of abuse, the car was still in pretty fair shape. Carl preformed a quick ‘refresh/restoration’ on the car and transported it to Darryl Starbird’s Rod and Custom Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma where it was put on display for the first time ever. The car needs completion/restoration. Current owner has all info on vehicle, including Cushenbery's blue prints, renderings, ect.

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    Bob Crespo 1940 Ford - Cushenbery

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    And Barris (Front-Grille-headlights)

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    Bill Cushenbery work on the BatMobile
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    Bill Cushenbery Magazine articles
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    59 Chevy Impala Exodus
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    1956 T-Bird - Bill Cushenberry

    According to the owner, KHJ Boss Radio apparently commissioned Bill Cushenbery to take a 1956 T bird ...more

    and customize it as a promotional give away car in Los Angeles in 1966. The car survives today in totally unrestored condition, only sporting a newer 312 engine to replace the original 292, an orange paint scheme that covers the original Cushenbery bright blue an a badly repaired left front fender. The original interior was missing when the owner acquired it.



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    I don't get on the H.A.M.B. too often but when I do I'm amazed at what pops up. This post in particular. I had Bill paint a '47 Ford at the same time this T-Bird was being built at his Burbank shop and got to see it being built start to finish. He was on a tight schedule to get it done and hired a guy who worked at Barris's to help out. I think his name was Steve Tate and was from Dodge City, KS. and drove a candy red Riviera. He did the rear of the car, Bill did the front. As someone pointed out, it wasn't one of his best designs but I can tell you the workmanship on that front end was top notch and the paint work was great. On a side note, at the same time Bill drove a Model A sedan painted a similar shade of blue that the T-Bird was painted. It was 260 Ford powered and had one of his patented custom dash boards. I'd like to know what happened to that car if anyone knows.

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