Barris Tbird Kustoms pt. 1

George Barris 58 Ultra-Bird

Perusing Paul’s extensive collection of car books (I mostly look at the pictures), I was struck by the number of cool Tbird customs by legendary George Barris.

For all our square-Bird friends, here’s a beauty: the 58 “Ultra-Bird”. Barris customised this t-bird for his wife Shirley’s birthday, painting it in 30 coats of Candy Red with white pearl outlining, adding 18 side louvres and illuminated hubcabs. It won the Motor Life ‘Car of the Year’ in 1959. Shirley is marvelling at how George managed to convert a miniature car into a full-sized version just by the application of Kolor Crome products!

So blog readers, what do you think of custom cars? Sacrilege… or you can’t get enough of the chopped, channelled, sectioned and lowered?

Check out some background on George here.

Image from Barris Kustoms of the 1950s by George Barris and David Fetherston.

2 Responses to “Barris Tbird Kustoms pt. 1”

  1. Avatar for Bill Bill says:

    Barris & Watson produced some of the most memorable T-Birds that have influenced plenty of imitators. One has just been imported into QLD from the states, a ’59 I beleive. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top also recently commssioned a build on a ’58 at the infamous So-Cal Speed Shop that is a virtual copy of the Barris style. Love it.

  2. Avatar for Tracy Tracy says:

    Nice to hear from you Bill. I hope the ZZ Top commission will be authentic!
    Paul says I will soon be posting some Square Bird pics from 2002 Paso Robles event. Incredibly, George Barris was there – but Paul was too shy to ask for his autograph. Shees.

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