Kandy Koated Konfection: Larry Watson-Painted ’60 Ford Starliner

Kustomrama is featuring this very cool Larry Watson painted,’60 Ford Starliner. Originally owned by Mike Perillo of Torrance, California, he bought the car in 1964 during a six month suspension of his driver’s license. While his wings were clipped, Mike carefully plotted a build out of the Ford so its completion would coincide with the reinstatement of his license.

First off, Mike and his Dad began tweaking the Starliner’s styling by removing the inner headlights and installing a custom tube grille. A short time later, Mike spotted a ‘63 Ford in the neighborhood sitting on the ground via a newfangled hydraulic suspension. Mike had to have it for his ’60 and hired “Bear,” the local hydraulics guru, to convert the front suspension of the Starliner.

Then, legendary Larry Watson was summoned to paint the car. Mike chose Peril Gold with a Candy Root Beer Gold top and although it looked great, it didn’t have the pop that he was looking for. The car was brought back to Watson and he re-sprayed the body a second time in an iridescent Abalone Gold that was more to Mike’s liking. Inside, the dashboard was painted Peril White with Candy Root Beer fades, and the upholstery was done in white rolls and pleats by an upholstery shop in Hawthorne.

The hydraulics worked so well that Mike began to accumulate a lot of tickets for illegal ride height, ultimately forcing him to sell the car. Although its current whereabouts is unknown, it sure looked good glowing in the mid-sixties California sunshine.

 

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Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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