The American Custom Car

The American Custom Car

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Among the hardest core of American automotive enthusiasts there always exists a desire to press styling and performance a step beyond the showroom floor -- to truly craft an automobile of one's own. This photographic and cultural history examines the evolution of American custom cars from the 1930s to present, covering touchstone trends, influential builders (Barris, Roth, Coddington et al), custom shows, enthusiast magazines and regional styles. An expensive collection of rare period photography and exclusive modern shots help illustrate how Detroit informed the styling of customs (and vice versa), the explosion of the custom car scene after World War II and the factors that led to the custom's near-death in the 1960s and its resurgence in the '80s. But most of all, this chronicle is a showcase of the great cars and people who influenced the movement through the years.While the roadsters were nearly always stripped of fenders, tops, and hoods, and had big We generally say customs ... While it does have solid hood sides. the other additions- -fog lights, fender lights, fender chrome strips, mud flaps, andanbsp;...

Title:The American Custom Car
Author: Pat Ganahl
Publisher:Motorbooks International - 2001

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