Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

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Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

#1 Post by Brett Johnson » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:29 pm

The rocker panel trim (deco) was fitted to all production Speedsters, but wasn't on all 1955 model coupes and cabriolets. When they started is definitely after the first of the year in 1955. I need data points for authentic cars, please? What I have now is -- at best -- inconclusive.
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#2 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:28 pm

'55 Hoffman delivered Continental coupe #53449 had rocker deco trim. I've always assumed the trim to be original, but the previous owner did cut the rear panel and install teardrops prior to my purchase of the car in 1972, so I suppose he could've added the deco trim. Car was completed May 10, 1955 per Kardex. Lucky for me he did save the beehive lenses, numbered bezels and fixtures!
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Re: Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

#3 Post by Ned Gorski » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:35 pm

Cab 60748 came with deco strips
Once I stripped down the car to bare metal there were deco strip holes. Closer to the door that the A's bad picture of a picture hard to see but the holes are there
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Re: Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

#4 Post by jim wayman » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:57 pm

1955 coupe 52979 built on December 27,1954 originally had side rocker decos.
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Re: Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

#5 Post by Vincent Gillespie » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:53 am

Coupe 54122 Sept '55 definitely did and still does have.
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Re: Calling all 1955 coupes and cabriolets -- rocker panel trim

#6 Post by Spencer Harris » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:40 pm

Anything but definitive; a period photo from Jan '56 R&T showing Speedster style rocker molding on a Continental coupe. During the transition to the T1 and even earlier, this molding could have been a dealer installed option.
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