Darryl Starbird, Hot-Rod Oklahoma United States

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Darryl Starbird


Darryl Starbird is an American designer and builder of custom cars and hot rods Known for his innovative and futuristic car designs, often with bubbles.
Address : 55251 E OK-85A, Afton, OKLAHOMA 74331, United States.

1956 – Chevrolet Corvette X-Sonic
Ron Aguirre designed this Chevrolet
Ron started working on the body. He added quad headlights and a new front grille, as well as custom rear fins and tail lights. Ed Roth was called again to do a painting job, with interior and exterior covers covered with gold naugahyde. This incarnation of the car was featured in the magazine.

In 1963, the car was designed to be remotely controlled. A custom center console has been added, with switches to operate the ignition, the front hydraulic system, the bubble top and the lights. To control a rocker switch was used in the center console connected to an electric motor which covers the steering column. Entry into the car was via buttons located in the fuel tank door, and a huge bank of relays and receivers allowed the remote control system to work.



In 1962, the car has undergone a radical transformation. No more sweet kustom, and in its place, the radical body. The main extractor was the bubble top, made by House of Plastics in San Bernadino, in California. The front part was completely restyled, with hidden headlights and a homemade grille.

Ron ends up getting bored showing the car, so Ed Roth brought it to some shows, and it was then rented as a show car for a magazine. When it was returned to Ron, it was not in good condition, so he stored it in his garage before deciding to sell it.

In the early 90, the car was rediscovered, minus most of Kustom's parts that needed to be dismantled. Fortunately, Pat Ganahl recognized the car and explained its historical significance to him. The car now belongs to Emmanuelle Benoit, a high-end restaurateur, who plans to put it back in full show condition. However, no start date is given for the start of the restoration.

Some of his best known cars include: la aforementioned, Electra, The Cosma Ray, Big T and Lil Coffin.

the National Hall of Fame Museum Rod & Custom Car de Darryl Starbird à Afton, in Oklahoma

Address : 55251 E OK-85A, Afton, OK 74331, United States

Also in the Museum : by Reactor Mach II

Who appeared on several TV shows… And that's great, I wrote an article about her

The Reactor – Gene Winfield, California

Built and designed by Darryl Starbird in 1979

1976 Mechanism AMC Pacer
All changes in the grids
front and rear hand special cast iron
Custom bubble top
Chevrolet 350 with Turbo transmission 400
Jaguar – Rear axle, Pacer -Train Before,
Fully chromed interior:
Brown and yellow naugahyde 4 places,
Couture par Mike Standifer
Painting: “House of Color” Pearl Yellow par Rick Starbird
wheels: Starwires 10 ”

(Small model) PREDICTA

This is the configuration of the car after being restored by Darryl Starbird and as it is now in his museum. An old kit that was fun to build.

Alain aforementioned

Darryl Starbird and Gene Howard with the Predicta. Provided by Richard Fuerholze.

The Predicta is one of the most famous bubble roof customs of history !

Darryl Starbird commence la construction de la Predicta en 1959, the base is a Thunderbird 1957 he completely transformed to create this unique design show car.
It may be noted among other: adding back wings Buick 1959, new front and rear (Roll Pan) without bumpers, on the front stands 4 headlights performed shouted a calender”bullets” chrome, on the back we find a row of Cadillac lights 1959. Baroque calenders will be quickly replaced by horizontal chrome bars. In 1960, Starbird presents Predicta the Oakland Roadster Show or she won a phenomenal success, because it appears in Craft blankets and Motor Life and becoming at the time one of the ten most beautiful custom of 1960. Then she became famous worldwide thanks to the model that will be the Monogram 1/25 th, is republished regularly since. After being massacred in a psychedelic version of the mid-1970's, the Predicta is finally restored in the late 1990's in the version of the early 1960's reproduced by the Monogram kit.



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Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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