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Should the cars built by Coachcraft be considered for CLASSIC status? Coachcraft Ltd. of Hollywood California had a very stellar list of names attached to it. With customers like Preston Foster, Henry Ford II, Bill Holden, Liberace, Hunington Hartford III & Mickey Cohen the gangster all commisioning work over a twentysix year period. Rudy Stoessel, one of the principals in the company started out working with Pierce Arrow Motor Cars, and was later involved with Howard (Dutch) Darrin & his work on Packard -Darrins. Darrin was responsible for bringing together Stoessel, Paul Erdos , who formed most of the metal at Coach- craft & Burt Chalmers, to form Coachcraft Ltd. Some of the design work was handled by Phill Wright of Pierce Arrow design fame, Strother MacMinn & Peter Stengel. Also reference the following website for more information: Coachcraft Ltd., Coach Craft, Coachcraft Limited, Station Wagon Harbor, Burt Chalmers, Rudy Stoessel, Paul Erdos, Hollywood - Coachbuilt.com Several of the restored cars have been entered into prestigious Concours events around the country like at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, etc. over the last several years.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->
Should the cars built by Coachcraft in Hollywood be considered for CLASSIC status? They are one off cars built to the owner's specifications pre-1948 by craftsmen who left Dutch Darrin to start Coachcraft in 1939... What do you think?