57 Years Ago

The Jan. 1957 Car Craft feature on the "Moonglow" states that owner Duane Steck was able to use his friend Ben Cook's shop to transform his 1954 Chevy Bel Air sport coupe into a full custom. Though the chop and taillight treatment classify it as a full custom, it's an amazing blend of complete re-styling combined with a restrained and not over the top look. The 3 1/2-inch chop, 7-inch lowering job, 10 additional grille teeth, frenched 1952 Ford headlight rims, and "shark fin" taillights are just part of what sets this custom apart. The simple white paint accented with blue pinstriping and a touch of red on the wheels help, too.

We were surprised to find abstract naked ladies in the center of most of the pinstriping by Watson. We also had to remind ourselves that these kind of cars were driven and built by high school kids!