Yesterday, I had the opportunity to shoot Maybellene again. I love this car. The 1953 Mercury has some great curves and I just love the bullet chrome. This was factory styling that you just can’t find these days. The entire car was pinstriped by hand including the dashboard by man by the last name of Milburn who had been pinstriping since the 50s. Unfortunately, Mr. Milburn passed away a few years ago, so now this car is a rolling tribute to his fine art.
The owner, Howard Nelson, is a retired machinist and has done a lot of the work on Maybellene himself, but when he has needed an extra hand and expert craftsmanship, he has taken his car to Kemah Classic Automotive. I thought no blog post would be complete with mentioning these folks for their fine work.
Mr. Nelson told me yesterday that he has big plans for Maybellene; she currently has a 3 on the column shifter for the transmission, but he is going to install a floor shift made by Fenton. Yesterday was Maybellene’s last day with a 3 on the column shifter.
Since Maybellene is going be down for a while during this surgery, I thought it only fitting to put up some pictures of yesterday’s shoot for everyone to enjoy.