Sports Customs

Frank Kurtis
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Wild SportsCustom Russ Losing GNRS
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    Topper Movie car
    Album was created 11 years 4 months ago and modified 7 years 2 months ago
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    The Raven

    Original message on Hemmings. Check it out for more info on this fantastic find.

    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2008/02/18/not-the-least-obeisance-made-he-the-raven-part-1/#more-6730

    Album was created 9 years 5 months ago and modified 7 years 5 months ago
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    The Fitzpatrick
    Album was created 11 years 10 months ago and modified 7 years 11 months ago
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    The Bonaguro Special

    This incredible 50's custom is the result of years of work by John Bonaguro of Michigan. This is a c ...more

    ompletely hand-crafted automobile that was constructed over the period of 1957-1963. The suspension is 50's Studebaker; the engine is an Oldsmobile Rocket V8 from 1955 as is the transmission. The other parts identified are 1958 Chevy taillight lenses, the windshield and cowl are 1959 Dodge and the seats are 1962 T-Bird. Everything else on this incredible automobile is hand fabricated. The body on the car is fiberglass, and now forty five years later, it still looks great! The car was always well looked after, and received a sympathetic restoration a few years ago. The paint on the car was completely redone, and is of a very high standard. There are a few small chips here and there, but overall the paint is excellent. The bumpers are polished aluminum. The interior is leather that was done when the car was built and looks fantastic to this day. Mechanically the car is well sorted and ready to drive anywhere. The car was shown extensively in the early sixties, and was featured in Hot Rod magazine's Custom Car Annual of 1964. Few cars of this era have survived. Often they were run t o the ground after the show circuit, were cannibalized for t he next project, or weren't that well built in the first place.

    Album was created 11 years 4 months ago and modified 2 years 4 months ago
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    Sports customs assorted
    Album was created 12 years 1 month ago and modified 1 year 10 months ago
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    Skylane motor Special
    Album was created 6 years 6 months ago and modified 6 years 6 months ago
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    Phantom Corsair
    Album was created 12 years 4 months ago and modified 7 years 11 months ago
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    Peterson Willys Sports Custom
    Album was created 3 years 7 months ago and modified 3 years 7 months ago
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    Omohundro
    Album was created 10 years 4 months ago and modified 2 years 3 months ago
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    O'Conner Sports Custom
    Album was created 6 years 11 months ago and modified 6 years 2 months ago
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    L. Vuersen's Mercillac Sports-Custom
    Album was created 7 years 2 months ago and modified 7 years 2 months ago
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    Henry McCormack Coupe
    Album was created 10 years 2 months ago
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    George Shilala's Convertible
    Album was created 8 years 2 months ago and modified 8 years 2 months ago
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    Frank_Calvin_Mann "Baby LeSabre"

    Based on a wrecked Crosley.

    Album was created 4 years 10 months ago and modified 4 years 10 months ago
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    Estrata Custom

    1951 ESTRATA CUSTOM

    Vehicle Description
    This famous, one-of-a-kind custom was built by Preston P ...more

    . Hopkins, who wanted a cabriolet that combined European styling with American performance and reliability. Working in collaboration with a master fabricator, Hopkins was said to have incorporated the following parts into his dream car:

    1937 La Salle grille, hood shells, and front fenders
    1937 Ford rear deck
    1935 Ford convertible coupe body panels
    1935 Ford frame
    1939 Ford mechanical parts (not including engine)
    1940 Ford front wheel hubs
    Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels

    According to period literature, Hopkins reduced the wheelbase 14 inches to enhance maneuverability, dropped the frame 2 ½ inches to achieve a low seating position, and repositioned the engine farther back for better handling. He then welded the floor to the bottom of the frame rails to reduce the center of gravity while retaining sufficient ground clearance.
    The dashboard (since removed) was from a 1939 Ford and the front seats were from a Model A. Hopkins fashioned the grille out of two 1937La Salle grille shells and fabricated the front fenders almost entirely by hand to match the contour of the headlights. The hood hinges at the front and the doors, which are equipped with Lincoln push-button latches, were hinged at the rear. The engine (since removed), transmission, and axles are from a 1939 Ford while the clutch and brake system were from a 1935 Ford. Hopkins adapted the steering gear from a Hudson and used GMC truck tie rod ends. To maintain ground clearance, both mufflers were concealed within the front fenders. The car could cruise easily at freeway speeds and cornering was reportedly excellent.



    Despite the fact that Hopkins and his fabricator reportedly invested almost 3,000 hours of work into the Estrata, he sold it. It passed through several owners, one of whom almost completely dismantled the car, allowing most of the mechanical components (including the engine) to be lost over time. Fortunately, the frame and virtually all of the custom body panels have survived and appear to be intact. Although they are in poor condition, these special body components are what make this car so distinctive and would be impossible to duplicate from scratch. The period images (from the “Blue Book of Custom Restyling” by Dan Post, 1951) show that the Estrata was an extremely attractive car, which gives it great potential.


    This automobile was donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum some years ago and no longer fills a collecting need. The Estrata would make a rewarding restoration project. Its unique styling would draw admiring glances and enable its owner to qualify for entry in virtually any classic, custom, or hot rod show in the world.

    Album was created 11 years 8 months ago and modified 2 years 4 months ago
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    Dan LaLee special
    Album was created 7 years 5 months ago and modified 2 years 4 months ago
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    Custom Cadillac by Gerald Huth

    Body was done by Gerald Huth

    Album was created 8 years 1 month ago and modified 7 years 7 months ago
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    Astra Coupe
    Album was created 11 years 11 months ago and modified 2 years 3 months ago
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    Articles about Sports Customs
    Album was created 8 years 2 months ago and modified 8 years 2 months ago
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    1952 Maverick Sportster

    In 1952, Sterling Gladwin built this luxury roadster on a LaSalle chassis. Its fiberglass bodywork h ...more

    ad no hood, just a few access panels for fluids and the like, with anything more serious requiring the entire body open like a funny car's, hinged from the back. Then he upgraded to a Cadillac Eldorado chassis with a proper hood. The underfunded effort only managed to build seven cars before shutting down in 1968. Only two are thought to exist today.

    Info from: http://www.motortrend.com

    Album was created 10 years 5 months ago and modified 2 years 5 months ago
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    1950Ford Hudson Special

    1950's Ford Hudson Special. This vehicle was constructed in the early 1950's by Minneapolis Ford dea ...more

    ler. It is built on a 1950 Ford chassis with a ford engine and transmission with overdrive. The cowl and doors are cut-down from a 1946-47 Hudson convertible. Fenders are 1940's GM. Instruments are out of a 1930's Buick. This vehicle runs and drives very well and has new tires and brakes. It spent the 1970's in the Mitchell Auto Museum in South Dakota and then was sold to a collector in Iowa in the 1980's. That’s where it has been until recent. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

    Album was created 8 years 11 months ago and modified 1 year 10 months ago
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    1950 Ford sectioned Boat Windshield

    Owner was Thomas Douglas of Miami, Florida - builder was Doray.

    Album was created 12 years 1 month ago and modified 10 years 3 months ago
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