The fantastic – and sometimes overdone – customs built by Spohn in the postwar years have captivated my attention for many a moon. And I pine and wish that maybe…just maybe…someday I will find a neglected or forgotten about Spohn Custom that I can take home and make my very own. I think good friend Rick D’Louhy fears that same day, but I continue my quest for “all things Spohn” during our research on the early postwar years of sports and custom cars in America.
Recently, thanks to the efforts of good friend Glenn Brummer, I came across two 8×10 glossies taken at the 1957 Indianapolis Custom Car Show that featured the Lee Hartung Spohn Custom car. During the show in 1957, the Veritas Spohn was not just on display but for sale/trade as well. And…it displayed some nifty specs on the showcard placed in front of the car.
Let’s check out the photos and see what we can see. And remember…click on the photos below to make them larger on your screen.
So now we have a new owner name for 1957 – C.F. Bauer from Lincolnwood, Illinois – that we can add to the list for this car. Perhaps he was an owner or maybe acting as the agent for a trade for this car. It’s neat to see that the car was being shown as a “Veritas” with a body by Spohn. And…the year shown for the car is “1950.” All good points of data when researching the history of special cars like this. And check out that zebra-skin interior. Talk about period correct! What a stir this car must have caused everywhere it went.
And by the way, this very car was displayed with our car – the 1962 Shark Roadster – at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance just a few weeks ago. Click here to review the Spohn and some of the other cars shown with this car as posted by our friends at Hooniverse this past weekend.
Let’s see what our resident Spohn expert, Wayne Graefen, has to say. He may have already located more information about this car as well, and his research abilities are top notch in every way. Wayne….what say you?
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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