The National Custom Car show in Britain has attracted more than two hundred vehicles. They?
GV INTERIOR: Custom Car exhibition.
CU: Simca car with head mascot on bonnet.
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV: mini with tropical scene painted on boot.
CU: Steering wheel of welded chain with front seats and dashboard covered with fur, and back compartment heavily upholstered in gold with stereo in gold with stereo headphones.
CU: front of Austin car TILT UP TO chromed engine, heavily upholstered interior and fine paint-work. (3 shots)
SV: George Hinton and John Darby speaking in English in the back of a customised Model T Ford.
GV AND SV ZOOM IN TO CU Customised Bed ford van with wide wheels, good paintwork, checked upholstery interior and a swivel chair inside. (2 shots)
DARBY: "George, how much work goes into these cars?"
HINTON: "Well it varies tremendously, John. I would think more than a year's work has gone into the Model T we are sitting in. The van next to us, I think may be as little as tree weeks were, but the guy involved may have had five people working on it so in terms of man-hours there may not be a great deal of difference."
DARBY: "In fact there is a great deal of artistic work in these cars now."
HINTON: "On, surely. I mean everything from beautiful paint as we have got on this model T down to the etched glass on the windscreen and the overall conception of the whole thing."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: The National Custom Car show in Britain has attracted more than two hundred vehicles. They all reflect in their chrome and high gloss paint finishes the lavish amount of affection, skill and money that their owners and builders have invested in them.
SYNOPSIS: Old cars and new cars from both sides of the Atlantic are raw material for the customer's skills. Even ordinary and elderly cars such as this 1956 Simca can approach the realms. A tropical sunset can comfort the owner of this fine example of the ubiquitous mini, should he dare drive it through the snow and the ice of an English winter. The snug interior features deep fur and a tiny stereo-equipped lounge.
This looks like carefully restored 1937 Austin, a vintage restoration that avoids the excesses sometimes associated with custom cars. Under the skin it is a melange of components from a Rugbv, a Sprite and a Ford. But its radiator is from an Austin. Visnews reporter John Darby investigated aspects of the customers' art.
Even commercial vehicles can become executive transport with a difference. This one has been designed for the country squire, with a gun rack and a sivel seat for picnicking in comfort.