Saturday, 27 November 2010

Original Kopper Kart

The Kopper Kart remains one of the most successful and most mysterious customs to emerge from the 50's. It had an amazing track record of notable show wins from its debut in 1957 through the end of its show career around 1962. It has not been seen since the mid-60's.

The original Kopper Kart was a 1955 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup that started its life in the mid-west where it was sectioned (builder unknown). In 1956 it was brought to Barris Kustom in Los Angeles, California for a complete re-working. It first received ink in the June, 1957 issue of Motor Life - already boasting several major car show awards including the Grand National Roadster Show (best custom). Before being sold, it amassed nearly 40,000 miles during several cross-country show circuit trips, dozens of trophies, and media coverage.

The truck was picked up by Jim Skonzakes of Dayton, Ohio in 1960. He later sold the truck to Barons member, Paul Blasberg of nearby Mansfield, Ohio. Its six-cylinder engine was pulled to make way for a 3/4-race Cadillac mill in preparation for running at the dragstrip.

Reportedly, the truck sat outside for several years while the exterior upholstery took its toll on the body. It has been suggested by a creditable source that the truck was parted out and lost forever.

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