Heros

This Is a short list of custom car builders from the past. These are the men who paved the way for us. The creators, innovators and the elite in the industry. These are men of class and talent. The kind of talent to take on Detroit and improve upon it.

  •  Ayala Bros

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Check out these great articles about the Ayala Bros. by Rik Hoving at the, “Custom Car Chronicle” web site. Click the link below…

http://www.customcarchronicle.com/category/cc-builders/ayala-custom-shop/

  • Barris Kustom Shop

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Unless you are brand new to the custom car culture Barris Kustom Ind. needs no introduction. Influence, creativity and standard are just a few words to describe the living legend that is Barris. Check out more Barris Kustoms at the link below…

http://www.barris.com/index.php

  •   Joe Bailon

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Check out this great article about Joe” Candy Apple” Bailon by Rik Hoving at the, “Custom Car Chronicle” web site. Click the link below…

http://www.customcarchronicle.com/custom-cars/candy-apple-57-desoto/

  •  Dick Bertolucci

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For more Bertolucci customs check out Rik Hovings Custom Car Photo Archive here,

http://public.fotki.com/rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/bertillucci_custom_cars/

Decades later Mr. Bertolucci is still in business here, www.bertoluccis.com  It’s a great example of  the American dream alive and well.

  •  Coachcraft

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True artists that took car customizing to the next level. The crew at Coachcraft were masters in their craft so much so that Henry Ford himself commissioned them to a build.  For hoots of their work check out Rik Hovings Custom Car Photo Archive here,

http://public.fotki.com/rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/coachcraft_customs/

  •  Carson Top Shop

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Check out this great article here at the Kustomrama web site. Click the link below.

http://www.kustomrama.com/index.php?title=Carson_Top_Shop

  •  Jimmy Summers

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For customs by Jimmy Summers check out Rik Hovings Custom Car Photo Archive here,

http://public.fotki.com/rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/jimmy_summers_customs/

  •  Valley Custom

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“Niel Emory once mentioned a theory “that a custom car should not only look diferent, but should look better when finished than it did to begin with”. This to me says it all concerning Valley Custom cars”. Quote by Rik Hoving

For more Valley Customs check out Rik Hovings Custom Car Photo Archive here,

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/custom-car-builder-spotlight-valley-customs.50037/

  •  Harry Westergard

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The epitome of class in the industry. His dapper personal style translated to his cars and the term, “Westergard Style” was born.  Do yourself a favor and really study Mr. Westergard.

Check out the many articles and photos on Harry Westergard at the Custom Car Chronical web site. Click the link below.

http://www.customcarchronicle.com/category/cc-builders/harry-westergard-customs/

More to come…

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