1955 Ford "Beatnik Bubbletop" Custom
The 1955 Ford "Beatnik Bubbletop" Custom photographed at Cars and Coffee in Irvine CA with a Sony Nex-5n and a 50mm f1.8. See EXIF if you want more info about this picture. Please comment and share if you like it!
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The builder of this amazing car, Gary “Chopit” Fioto, admits that as a kid growing up on Long Island, New York he was fascinated with Bubbletops, particularly those of Darryl Starbird. Fioto’s nickname, “Chopit,” artfully describes his fundamental customizing philosophy. After he impressed custom-car traditionalists with his new interpretation on an old theme, a chopped ’50 Merc transformed into the sleek hardtop called “Tuf Enuff,” Gary Fioto performed his unique take on the Bubbletop genre.
As is his style, he did it like no other: Fioto’s resulting effort, dubbed “Beatnik” after his car club, the famed “Beatniks,” is a lavender 1955 Ford-based custom he’s skillfully reworked into a Bubbletop. However, instead of lowering the roof of his donor ’55 Ford, he raised it, handcrafting the largest-ever Bubbletop custom.
The 1955 Ford "Beatnik Bubbletop" Custom is now owned by Barry Weiss (from Storage Wars)