Jim Street's Kookie’s Kar hot rod sells for $440,000!
The iconic hot rod credited with starting the 1950s T-bucket craze has sold at Mecum Auctions, from the estate of the late Jim Street
The long-lost Kookie’s Kar hot rod that’s widely credited with starting the 1950s T-bucket craze has sold for $440,000 plus premiums at Mecum's Indy 2018 auction after decades hidden away.
Kookie’s Kar was built by the late Norm Grabowski, and later starred in the hit private-detective series 77 Sunset Strip as actor Edd Byrnes’ personal driver. It became one of the world’s most historically significant custom cars.
Its sudden disappearance in the 1960s led to speculation as to whether the car still existed at all, which has made its re-emergence some 50-plus years later all the more exciting.
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It was found tucked away within the storage facilities of the late Jim Street, as he was best known – actually customiser Jim Skonzakes, creator (with George Barris) of the famous Golden Sahara II custom car. Jim passed away in December 2017, and his cars are gradually emerging to be sold off by Mecum Auctions.
Kookie’s Kar remains intact, and still wearing its final iteration of customisation. It was offered for sale at no reserve at the May 15-19 at Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, USA.
For more information on the sale, visit the Mecum Auctions website.
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