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  • This car was created by a pioneer of custom cars, Harry Westergard.
  • The seats were from a 1940 Chevrolet, removable hardtop was made from the back half of a 1941 Packard Sedan, two front bumpers were from a 1937 DeSoto and a 1948 Cadillac rear end was narrowed to fit.  
  • The engine was from a 1950 Oldsmobile and the transmission was from a LaSalle.  

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Story

Customizing cars has been a part of the automobile scene almost since the first car was built.  Originally, customizing was done by the manufacturers themselves to satisfy the whims and desires of individual customers.  With mass-production, cars were routinely stamped with very little variation.  People rebelled and demanded tastefully colored exteriors on their cars, plus such “extras” as trunks, side-mounted spare tires, spotlights and chrome gadgetry.  Metalwork modifications, however, did not really become common until perhaps the early 1930s. The more serious form of customizing took off in earnest in the early 1940s.

This 1939 Ford Custom Convertible Coupe was customized by Harry Westergard, a pioneer in the world of custom cars.  The seats are from a 1940 Chevrolet and the removable hardtop was made from the back half of a 1941 Packard Sedan.  The two front bumpers are from a 1937 DeSoto and a 1948 Cadillac rear end was narrowed to fit.  The engine is from a 1950 Oldsmobile and the transmission from a LaSalle.

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