Hey Kats and Kittens, on your mark, get set, Safari! 1956 Pontiac Safari that is and it’s a mild custom to boot. Hold on to your hot sauce and hang 10, this is one dragin’ Wagin’! Dubbed “Maverick”, this radical ride is a tribute to the “Kings of Kustoms”. The iconoclasts from the 50’s and 60’s that blazed the customizing trail. Messers; Winfield, Barris, Roth, Starbird, Jefferies, Watson, Wilhelm, Bailon and brothers Alexander – this one is for you! This modified maven is a sight to behold. It’s tough to improve on a classic but with the spirit of the aforementioned trailblazers in mind Rick Sorgen of Pontiac Michigan did just that. Took a 1956 Pontiac Safari to new heights. The hood and ’56 Olds Super 88 taillights have been shaved. The headlights frenched. Can you put your finger on that grille? It’s two ’54 DeSoto grills with 2 additional teeth added to each end. Thunderbird donor parts were used throughout, including the side chrome arrows from a ’59. The radio antenna are dual ’56 Cadillacs units. “Maverick” moves on out thanks to a ’58 Pontiac Tripower engine. Lastly this luscious land yacht is covered in PPG’s finest. “Junkyards across the country were scoured for umpteen years” to find the exact customizing and restoration parts for “Maverick”. All that hard work, time and creativity sure paid off. Mr. Sorgen’s work most definitely embodies the spirit of those early “originals” and is a worthy tribute.
Now get into it ….
Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!