Australian special: ken godfrey's custom 1963 lincoln Continental
Words: Karlee Sangster Photography: Luke Ray
IT’S A GREAT STORY. BORN IN 1947, KEN GODFREY HEADED OFF TO SCHOOL EACH DAY, CLUTCHING HIS LUNCH MONEY. HE NEVER BOUGHT LUNCH HOWEVER, PREFERRING TO SAVE THE WEEK’S WORTH UNTIL FRIDAY AFTERNOONS, WHEN HE WOULD STOP BY THE LOCAL NEWSAGENCY ON HIS WAY HOME. THAT LUNCH MONEY BOUGHT MORE THAN JUST SANDWICHES.
It bought the 14 year old his dream world: hot rod and custom magazines. Not content with simply flipping through the pages, Ken began drawing his own versions of the machines before him. His son Michael recalls: “Not many people knew he could draw but his sketches are incredible. He also used to draw a lot of Ed Roth (Ratfink) styled pictures.”
Ken had well and truly caught the bug.
A few years later, he left school and walked straight into his passion: a panel beating apprenticeship. Quickly building on his skills and knowledge, it was inevitable that he would begin building his very own versions of the cars he had seen just a few years back in magazines.
His first car was a 1948 Chev, and Ken wasted no time in cutting it up. Hi first car had tunneled tail lights, was nosed, decked, completely shaved and had rounded hood corners. Not bad for a first effort.
Always seeking to better his skills and his builds, the next car was a 1956 Cusso sedan, “which was one of the most radically customized cars in Australia in the ‘60s” remembers his son. Once again, he tunneled the tail lights, but that’s where the similarities with the Chev ended. Older and more experienced in his trade, Ken lengthened the doors 6 inches and converted the car to a two door. The original rear windscreen was replaced with an XP rear screen, which then had a moulded peak fin that ran around the glass and down onto the tops of the rear fenders that followed right through to the tail lights! He didn’t stop there. The car was then sectioned 5 inches through the entire body and continued to radius the rear wheel arches, a classic ‘60s mod. And that’s how it all started.
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