Every car has a story. Some are interesting, some boring. Others are just too bizarre to be made up—like the story attached to Renate De James’ sweet Fleet. The first part is all good: the beautiful ’48 Fleetline was built in California for the late Harold Olsen by a who’s who of customizers—Gene Winfield, Bill Reasoner, Rod Powell, Art Himsl, and Ryan Falconer. It spent some time on the show circuit and even won an award at the Oakland Roadster Show (now the Grand National Roadster Show). According to legend, Mr. Olsen asked his wife to “keep an eye on my car” just before he passed away. Apparently she took him a bit too literally and had his glass eye mounted on the horn button.

The car was later purchased by Rhys Hallet and taken to Pennsylvania, where it was eventually sold to Rick De James as a gift for his wife, Renate. It was still in pretty good shape after 10 years on the road, but Rick wasn’t satisfied with pretty good, so he had it updated. One thing that Rick was adamant about leaving intact during the refurb was Harold’s eye in the steering wheel. He feels it adds to the history of the car, making it that much more interesting—as well as adding a bit of creep factor when he tells the story. Either way, the car’s a winner.