Wednesday, May 25, 2005

George Barris' GTO

Way cool:

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Barris_gto
Source: NYT

NYT: 

"Mr. Barris's imagination is not frozen in the postwar hot-rod mind-set. After fans of the original Pontiac GTO complained about the bland styling of the revived version that General Motors began selling in 2004, Keith Crain, publisher and editor in chief of Automotive News, a trade paper, suggested that Mr. Barris could have done better. So the customizer turned out his own vision of the GTO, using a car provided by G.M., that was shown in March at the Amelia Island concours in Florida.

If not tangerine, the show car is at least burnt orange in color, and reflects contemporary customizing trends with doors that swing up to open. Mr. Barris imagined the GTO as it would have looked if annual model changes progressed since the 1970's in the classic Detroit mode. "The idea was to do the car as if it had been evolving all along," he said."

Barris also had a hand in a few other beauties at his site.
(See below for more photos)

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Source:
Updating the Tangerine-Flake Baby
PHIL PATTON
AUTONS ON MONDAY | DESIGN
Published: May 23, 2005
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/23/automobiles/23CARS.html?
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Other snaps
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The Hirohata Mercury, a seminal Barris custom.
Hirohata_mercury

Madonna’s Auburn from "Dick Tracy."Madonnas_auburn

 

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Cosma Ray:  A 1968 Corvette custom styling concept by Barris Kustom City
Cosmaray

 

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