When this red, sectioned, large-finned ex-shoebox Ford hit small-magazine covers in 1958, people thought it might be the new T-bird. That’s just what self-taught designer/builder Courtney wanted. Eschewing custom trends and working alone at home, he redesigned his boxy ‘51 Ford into a style that still works (and exists) today.-Pat Ganahl
The X-51 was originally built by Ron Courtney in the late ’50s, and has been one of the most famous customs ever since. It’s great to see the ’51 Ford still drawing attention. Blackie Gejeian, equally as famous, brought the car to Pomona.