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'39 Sixty Special

The Styling Section, and Art and Colour Studio at General Motors were created, and headed by Harley Earl. From the late 1920's, and on into the1950s, Harley Earl headed the design evolution at GM. It was under Earl's guidance that the utilitarian design of early Automobiles evolved into rolling Art of the 30s, 40s, and 50s cars we love today.

The first car done in the Art and Colour Studio under Earl's direction was for Lawrence Fisher (Body by Fisher). Earl asked  for a 1927 LaSalle chassis on which he would build his design. The car would be of advanced design, the chassis was lowered 4". The design was aggressive but not loud, the posts were much thinner than usual, and the windshield was two-piece and formed a slight V. There was concern that the thin posts would not be strong enough, so the entire car was made of steel rather than the wood frame construction that was typical of the time. The interior wood decor was a work of art. When the project was nearing completion, Earl was asked "What will we call it"? Earl thought for a moment... Pauline Frederick was starring in a show called Madam X, Earl had seen the show the night before, and dined with the young Starlet after the show. He said "We'll call it the Madam X".

Madam X was a name given to all the Special Vehicles that were created in the Art and Colour Studio for special clients, favored customers, or GM Executives. Their styling was forward looking, and they often incorporated new technology that wasn't yet available on current productions vehicles. The Dream cars, and Concept Cars of the 50s were also created in the Art and Colour Studio. The designers under Earl's guidance were pushing the limits of design, and the manufacturing abilities of the day.

Fast forward to toady, and the Team at Foose Design is building another Madam X for Wes and Vivian Rydell. Chip has re-imagined a design first done by Art Ross in 1935 as a concept drawing for a 1937 Cadillac Sixty Special. Starting with a 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special 4-door, the car has been re-bodied as a 2-door Coupe with removable hard top. Just like the early days at the GM studios, Chip and his Team are building beautifully styled cars that push the limits of design and Craftsmanship.


Foose Woody

This 1939 Lincoln Zephyr based project promises to be unlike any Foose vehicle yet.  It will be the first time Chip and his team works their magic on a woody. When one of his customers brought up the idea of a woody, Chip excitedly generated multiple concept drawings, there was even a sportsman version.  They ultimately settled on the station wagon model.  Now Lincoln never made a station wagon and they definitely never made a woody.  But, the ’39 Zephyr form was the basis for Chip’s original drawings.

After the concept was approved, Chip created a full-scale engineering drawing, which serves as the template for the chassis rails.  Since woodies typically lack structural integrity because of their light and flexible wood panels, thick steel was necessary on the frame rails.  The rails were actually fabricated by a company that makes rollercoaster tubing, as they were the only business that could bend the steel while still maintaining its smoothness. Once the rails arrived, Dennis fabricated a rear kick-up support.  Ultimately, an independent front and rear suspension, with pocketed A-arms, will be based off Corvette components.

In true Zephyr fashion, the vehicle will sport a V-12 motor, but this engine is unlike anyone you’ve everseen.  It's a 12 cylinder Falconer Engine, built by Ryan Falconer. It's a pretty rare engine, originally designed for 7/8 scale P51 Mustangs, the kind used in air races. Basically it's a big block Chevy on steroids.  Even the oil pan is custom. It was fabricated in stainless steel by Dan Woods and is a thing ofbeauty itself. This beast puts out 811 horsepower!

Two native Hawaiian woods will be used on the outer and inner frames.  The wood for these side panels has already been procured, they came straight from the owners Hawaiian estate!

This vehicle is still a good 3 years from completion and is shaping up to worthy competitor for all the major automotive customization awards.  Follow its progress through our build photo gallery.


73 Ford Bronco

Movie and TV star Kiefer Sutherland brought his beloved Bronco to Chip for some minor modifications. He initially only wanted to have some body, engine and transmission work done. Once in the shop, this project expanded to much more!

At Foose Design we did a complete frame-off, powder-coating the frame. The suspension was rebuilt and we the front drums were converted to disc brakes. The rear wheel wells were opened up to match the front. The body was stripped, primed and painted a beautiful charcoal grey in BASF Refinish North America 90-Line Glasurit. A new custom leather interior in caramel was installed by Bill Dunn. The roll cage was modified to extend upwards and match the windshield line. A custom canvas top was designed, created, redesigned and then recreated. The stock 302 Ford engine was rebuilt. Magnaflow fabricated a custom stainless steel exhaust and muffler kit and Wheel Vintiques provided us some steelies, which we chromed and wrapped in Pirelli North America Scorpions.

Kiefer personally came down to take delivery of the vehicle and he was a pleasure to work with.