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THE “NORMAN TIMBS SPECIAL” EMERGES FROM COMPLETE AND EXACTING RESTORATION

Motor Trend cover car debuts at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. 

 Automotive engineer Norman Timbs designed and constructed the Timbs Special during the years of 1947 and 1948. The revolutionary streamlined automobile featured a mid-engine design that was ahead of its time. It was built around a custom aircraft tube frame and powered by a then new 1947 Buick “Super 8.” The Timbs Special utilized extensively modified 1947 Ford suspension components for a plush ride. Timbs designed an independent rear suspension using Packard and Ford driveline components.
 
Its sensual and sleek hand-formed aluminum body features a unique two piece construction that allows the tail section to open behind the cockpit. With the tail section up the gas tank, spare tire, engine and other mechanical components can be easily accessed. The hand built aluminum body shows a true designer’s eye for shape and form. In 1948 the 17 1/2’ long Timbs Special was so unique in its construction and design that it was featured in Motor Trend Oct 1949 as well as Popular Mechanics Dec 1949
 
Custom Cars Trend Book No. 101
Mechanix Illustrated September 1949
Motor Trend October 1949
Popular Mechanics December 1949
Motor Life February 1954
Classic & Sports Car June 2002
Hop Up Volume 9

Gary Cerveny of Malibu, California, is a noted collector of unique and one of a kind motor cars. Recognizing the significance of the car, he purchased it in 2002. His extensive research revealed numerous magazine articles, period photographs and firsthand knowledge of the car to insure an accurate restoration. Cerveny began the personal restoration with repair of body damage and rebuilding the drive train. Because the massive aluminum body with its complex curves required special skill, he engaged Custom Auto of Loveland, Colorado. The shop’s restorations have earned first place Pebble Beach honors and multiple Bruce Meyer Preservation Awards. Custom Auto’s combination of mechanical and restoration expertise have resulted in a fully functional motor car which honors Norman Timbs unique design.
 
Sunday, March 14 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has been chosen for the Norman Timbs Special’s debut. As a featured car, the Concours’ website published two teaser photos of the car in process of restoration inviting viewers to identify it. Delighted officials report that a record number of hits were registered.  It must be seen in person to be believed. Owners Gary and Diane Cerveny will drive the car on to The Field of Dreams accompanied by Custom Auto owner, Dave Crouse.

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Photo credits: Peter Harholdt Studios
Further information from Dave Crouse at Custom Auto 970-669-6691 or www.realhotrods.com

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