IN THE EARLY PART OF THE New Millenium, "POSIES" created one of the most beautiful, what I would call "Rod Deco", Automotive Masterpieces that has ever been seen.
A few years ago, when I first saw the "EXTREMELINER" in its Rod/Art Deco design, I knew Posie and I were on the same wavelength. The Art Deco, Period (Approx. 1925-1945) and the superb designs that flowed from it, has always been one of my favorite periods of the 20th Century. (Please scroll further down on this Page to see some examples of the Art Deco Items mentioned in the story.)
So it was only fitting that one of the first questions I asked Posie was how he came up with the idea for the "Extremeliner", and, how the build on this remarkable 3-Door Woodie was accomplished.
I hope you enjoy this one-on-one candid conversation, and the full story on this superb vehicle, and the one it was based on: the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia Saoutchik Coupe. (YES ! That is the car's Official Full Name !!)
KEN FENICAL (Posie) is truly one of the Hall Of Fame Legends, never builds the same car twice, and has one of the most competent staffs of true Rod & Custom builders in the Industry !
The "Extremeliner" is one of the finest examples of a modern-day "Coach Built" car that exceeds all expectations and harkens back to the one-off vehicles done by the European MasterCraftsmen of the 1930's. JK
(Top of Page Left: Posie's "Extremeliner"; Right: The 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C-Coupe...one of the RAREST of all Coach Built cars; Above left: The 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C-Coupe; Above right: Posie's "Extremeliner" )
Here's A Look At Some Of The Fantastic Art Deco Designs, Truly Futuristic In Every Sense Of The Word, That I Mentioned During The Interview...ENJOY ! JK
(Above left: the most beautiful Art Deco Office Building ever created: the Chrysler Building (NYC); Above right: the 1934 Chrysler AirFlow 2-Door Sedan. It is on my "short list" of all-time favorite American Automotive Designs.)
(Above left: the Westinghouse Electric Building at the 1939 World's Fair (Wish my current Broadcast Studios were housed there !); Above right: "The World Of Tomorrow": The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair ! )
(Above left: The GM FUTURLINER (1950); Above right: Harley Earl and his LeSabre (1950-1951)...as most know, many of the ideas/designs used in the LeSabre were later on implemented in Buicks and Cadillacs. And so, many of the last vestiges of Art Deco Automotive Design continued on into the 1950's.
(Above left: My 1953 Buick Special; Above right: The Buick XP-300 (1950-1951) Charles Chayne's Concept Car that was built at the same time as Harley Earl's LeSabre. NOTICE the "teardrop" headlight rims that came into production on my '53 Buick, AND, the XP-300 wheel covers that, with some modification, became the 1953 Caddy Sombrero's ! Again, the Art Deco Design Structure was still making it into mass production even at that late date. )__________________________________________________________________________________
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