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“This book sat on my table for a few days before I picked it up but once I did it stayed in my hands until I had finished it! I liked this book a lot.” - legendarycollectorcars.com
“As Cotter notes more than once in the book, Jeffries tended not to put himself in the spotlight, preferring instead to let his work speak for itself and for his talents — pinstriping, painting, metalworking. Yet the cars that he built — the Monkeemobile, the Mantaray, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty — often overshadowed the builder. And yes, Cotter does address the issues Jeffries has with George Barris and explains how Barris had taken credit for many of the cars Jeffries built.” - Daniel Strohl, Hemmings
Legendary car designer, builder, and painter Dean Jeffries was never one to toot his own horn, part of the reason his extraordinary career creating hot rods, Indy cars, TV and movie cars, and more has never been detailed as have those of contemporaries Von Dutch and George Barris. Still, Jeffries, who got his start pinstriping and customizing hot rods in car-crazed Southern California in the 1950s, made a name for himself with groundbreaking, stunning, and iconic vehicles like the Mantaray, Monkeemobile, and the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.
In Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film, bestselling author Tom Cotter gives a rare glimpse into the life and work of one of the most talented car builders of our time, who has always preferred to let his creations speak for themselves. Featuring extensive interviews with Jeffries and those who worked with him (including longtime rival George Barris), this book offers an unprecedented look at the man who modified vehicles for everyone from James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Elvis to Cobra builder Carroll Shelby and Indy racer A. J. Foyt. Also part of the package are 250 rare photos and sketches from Jeffries’ personal archive, making this book perfect for any car nut.
This book is an excellent read and very interesting as it goes into the life and customs of Dean Jeffries. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert A. Dea