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Recently Joe has been struck by the "Custom Bug" and the following cars are additions made to the Bortz Auto Collection in the last several months. They are not factory prototypes but the unique and "one of a kind" quality each of these cars possess make them logical additions to the collection. Please see the articles on these cars, they each have a fascinating story!

TWO CUSTOM CARS

JOE'S 1957 FORD CUSTOM BY JOHN NORTH GOES BUMPER TO BUMPER WITH JOE'S 1955 CHEVY JIM SEATON BARRIS KUSTOM

East Coast Ford - West Coast Chevy by Alan Mayes, Car Kulture Deluxe Read it here.

 <p>Custom car builder Barris visits dream car collector by Joe Bortz December 21, 2007

Custom car builder Barris visits dream car collector by Joe Bortz December 21, 2007 Click here.

East Coast 1957 John North Custom & West Coast 1955 Jim Seaton Chevy Barris Kustom

East Coast 1957 John North Custom & West Coast 1955 Jim Seaton Chevy Barris Kustom

 

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Custom Car Seminar, Auctions America by RM, Auburn Fall 2011
John D'Agostino, Chuck Miller, Darryl Starbird, Joe Bortz & Bo Huff

 

Auction America RM Custom Car Seminar Fall 2011
John D'Agostino, Chuck Miller, Darryl Starbird, Joe Bortz & Bo Huff

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george barris and Joe

Good friends Joe Bortz and the famous George Barris enjoy visiting during the Meadow Brook Concours 2005.

 

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Fitzpatrick

This car was designed and built by Phil Lacy in the late 1940s (1947-1949). The project was financed by Al Fitzpatrick. Shortly after the car was finished, Phil Lacy was recalled to active duty in the USAF to serve in Korea. Phil never saw the car again until Phil Lacy Jr. contacted Joe Bortz. In 2006, Joe Bortz arranged this reunion with Phil and his car the Fitzpatrick Custom on Dream Car Garage.

Fitzpatrick Custom, by Phil Lacy. Click here to view.

Beauty In Cars - Phil Lacy. Click here. 

Reunited after 55 years, by Joe Bortz, Old Cars Weekly March 1, 2007. Click here.

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Phil LacyPhil Lacy

 

1950 Fitzpatrick Packard Custom

 

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Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Custom Styling, Photos by Jack Campbell, Road & Track, November 1950 Click here.

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Kustomrama page about the Fitzpatrick Click here.

 

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1957 Ford John North Custom aka The White Pearl

 

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1957 John North Ford Custom Rik Hoving Page Click here.

 

Jim Seaton Kustom by Barris

1957 Ford Custom by John North & the Jim Seaton 1955 Chevy Kustom by George Barris

 

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The 1955 Chevy 'Jim Seaton' Kustom by Barris in front of the Barris Kustom car shop circa 1958.

 

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Jim Seaton 1955 Chevy Kustom by George Barris

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George Barris

 

 

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1937 Glenn Johnson Ford

1937 Glenn Johnson Ford Custom featured on Hot Rod Click here.

Read more about the 1937 Glenn Johnson Ford