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Dubbed “Joanne’s Dream,” this 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88 was featured in the “Car Czar” TV show. It has received many awards including the George Barris Elegance Award in 2006. It was used as a daily driver until 1960-1961 when Tom and Joanne Archer began building a truly unique, one-off radical custom show car. It was Joanne’s dream to build a custom car, so Tom her husband built it for her in 1963. National Geographic made a documentary to show how this car was brought to life again. In January 2009 at the Chicago Carquest World of Wheels, it received the George Barris Elegance Award, Best in Class (1st Place Award), Most Outstanding Radical Custom Hardtop.
In 1963, she was a star of the auto-show world. Now, nearly 50 years later, she lays in wreck at a hot rod shop in Ft. Worth, Texas. This pile of rust is highly unusual: with a ’54 Oldsmobile front-end and the tail of an El Camino pickup, professional restoration expert Alan Lewenthal has never seen anything like her. And though upon close inspection she seems nothing but a rusty hunk of body filler in shambles, Alan sees something in her as a rare survivor from the 1960’s golden era of custom dream cars. A professional restoration team had to dig deep to find the beauty hidden in their corroding chunk of metal. With hard work, painstaking research, and delicate engineering, they had resurrect this long-dormant car celebrity and restore her to her former glory.
The customization of this original vehicle included the following: Corvette styled coves behind the wheel wells Hand made El Camino styled rear bed area 1959 Plymouth Belvedere Stainless Side Trim 1960-1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rear Air Duct (see rear roof photo) Chrome Reverse Wheels with Caps and Spinners 1954 Oldsmobile Front Chrome Bumper 1955 Desoto Grille with 9 teeth 1955 Oldsmobile Rear Chrome Bumper 1957 Plymouth Dual Headlights integrated into the original Oldsmobile fenders Rocket 88 Engine: modified 371 with many racing features Dual Carburetor Setup with Weiand Intake Offenhauser Valve Covers Chrome Engine Trim Sun Tachometer and Transmitter 1963 Mercury Comet Tail Light Bezels used for surrounds on the side stacks 1958-1960 Chevrolet Corvette Tail Lights 1963 Chevrolet Impala Tail Lights 6 Exhausts: 2 Sides, 2 Stacks, and 2 Rear 1962-1963 Impala Bucket Seats Center Console with shift control Louvered Original Oldsmobile Hood Chopped Roof Line from original vehicle Custom Rear Bed with red oak wood and white vinyl cover and more!