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Kustomland: The Custom Car Photography of James Potter, 1955-1959

Overview

In the late 1950s, as designers from the Big Three became more daring, their do-it-yourself counterparts in the custom-car world found that the new designs from Detroit worked exceptionally well with custom treatments like shaving, lowering, "lakes pipes," and the ever-wilder custom painting of the day - aesthetics that would come to dominate this peak custom car era. Professional freelance photographer James Potter captured the epicenter of this landmark scene in what was then ...

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Overview

In the late 1950s, as designers from the Big Three became more daring, their do-it-yourself counterparts in the custom-car world found that the new designs from Detroit worked exceptionally well with custom treatments like shaving, lowering, "lakes pipes," and the ever-wilder custom painting of the day - aesthetics that would come to dominate this peak custom car era. Professional freelance photographer James Potter captured the epicenter of this landmark scene in what was then suburban Los Angeles.

In this photographic history of that time and place, Thom Taylor presents the best of Potter's collection depicting the cars of "Kustomland." Two- and four-page features on two-dozen renowned customs from mild to radical feature not only Potter's exemplary work, but brief capsule histories of the cars and their owners and captions detailing the cars' features. Taylor also includes features on legendary custom painter Larry Watson and the Renegades car club, as well as a biography of Potter and a historic overview of Kustomland and the areas it encompassed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760348413
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/15/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Renowned car designer Thom Taylor is an inductee into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. He has designed cars for industry-leading builders like Boyd Coddington, Roy Brizio, and SO-CAL Speed Shop, and for individuals like Eric Clapton, Tim Allen, and Billy F Gibbons. He is the author of the MBI bestseller How to Draw Cars Like a Pro.

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Table of Contents

What Was Kustomland?

About the Photos

Cars of Kustomland

Pete Angress 1952 Ford Victoria
Hersh "Junior" Conway 1949 Ford
Floyd DeBore 1958 Pontiac Bonneville
Jerry Devoto 1957 Ford Hardtop
Jim Doss 1958 Chevy Impala
Ron Dulin 1956 Plymouth Fury
Jerry Feigner 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Jack Hershey & "Shorty" Ewing 1957 Thunderbirds
Jim Jackson 1956 Chevy 4-Door Hardtop
Jack James 1957 Buick Special
Al Lazarus 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Carol Lewis 1956 Chevy Bel Air
Larry Mammini 1955 Ford
George Mitobe 1957 Ford Ranchero
Harry Okuda 1957 Dodge
Paul Richards 1950 Ford Convertible
Jim Shiery 1957 Olds Holiday
Gary Simpson 1958 Buick Special
Paul Sobeck 1950 Ford Sedan
Duane Steck 1954 Chevy Hardtop
Larry Watson 1950 Chevy Coupe
Larry Watson 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
Larry Watson 1958 Thunderbird
Larry Watson 1959 Cadillac 62 Series Coupe
Larry Watson andHouse of Style
About James Potter
Acknowledgments
Index
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