Turn Back Tuesday 1958 Larry Watson Thunderbird 05 23 17
Thom Taylor Staff Editor
May 23, 2017
Photos By: Hot Rod Archives

Larry Watson's recently completed 1958 Thunderbird custom at the Renegades Car Club Rod and Custom Motorama at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in 1958. Watson was a prolific custom painter in the Los Angeles area for years. He ordered one of the first 1958 Thunderbirds sold in LA, and immediately started customizing it, mainly with paint. This started a trend where the now more wildly styled offerings from Detroit were only lowered and custom painted to be considered a wild custom. Gone were the days of chopping, leading frenched headlights and custom taillights, and other difficult mods deemed necessary for a true custom. Watson went on to build a series of custom cars in this vein for himself, and painted a gang of finned and flashy custom cars for customers before easing into acting with bit parts in TV movies and shows.