Tuesday, August 11, 2015
The Leo Lyons Mercury on the last day of restoration. Leo Lyons wasn't a big name among Southern California customizers in the late 1940's, but that's not to say he lacked big ambitions. Initially armed with little more than a dream and a sketch pad, he embarked on a 10-year journey that would ultimately produce the last significant custom Mercury of the 1950's, a car he called the Ultra Modern Mercury. Largely out of the public eye since 1965, the now-restored Leo Lyons Mercury will make it's debut on the lawn at Pebble Beach, as part of this years Mercury's Custom Class.
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Saturday, August 8, 2015
Chryslers relationship with Italian design firm Ghia brought it a fair amount of time in the spotlight, a fact that did not go unnoticed by rival automaker Hudson. Fresh from the success of the Hudson Hornet in NASCAR, and looking for a way to market its new-for-1953 Jet compact, Hudson contracted with Italys Carrozzeria Touring on a Jet-based grand tourer, ultimately called the Italia.
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