Joe Wilhelm

Joe Wilhelm was once of the greatest custom car builders. Though he has now passed on, his work continues to garner well-earned respect. The Custom Clinic is pleased to present these photos of the Mark One Mist which was one of Joe's earliest efforts. We have learned that the car has been acquired and will be fully restored. More on the restoration in the future. For now, check out these photos: please note that the silvery version was the first one, with the pearl white one to follow.

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Too little appreciated for his superb craftsmanship, Joe built a number of notable cars principal among which was the Mark I Mist (a sectioned '36 Ford coupe featured above) and the legendary Wild Dream pictured below. 

The frame and body were entirely scratch built, as were many of the interior details and the wild interior. In 1968, after being mildly restyled by Fernandez and repainted a bold metalflake gold, the Wild Dream was awarded the Oakland Show's America's Most Beautiful Roadster. 

The photo featured here appeared on a large-scale postcard. Mark S. Gustavson Photo Archives.

This kit has an interesting history. Originally, MPC issued a solo kit featuring only the Wild Dream. Later, mysteriously, AMT got access to the tooling and issued this combined kit. Both kit versions are highly prized.  

 

MPC made an excellent kit of Wilhelm's car. Go here for a review of the kit:

http://www.bonediggers.com/11/boxart/boxart.html

 

Bibliography

Here are the references we at the Custom Clinic have found to these great cars. If you know of other references, please let us know via email.

Wild Dream

 

 

 

Car Craft

December

1963

p. 32

Popular Customs

Winter

1963

p. 70

Popular Hot Rodding

December

1963

p.50

Rod & Custom  

January

1964

p. 24, cover

Customs Illustrated

March

1964

p. 37

Car Craft

May

1964

p. 27

Hot Rod Yearbook

#4

1964

pgs. 152-153

Customs Pictorial

 

1965

p. 62

Popular Hot Rodding

May

1965

p. 79

Popular Hot Rodding

May

1968

p. 24

Hot Rods & Customs of the Sixties (book)

1997

p. 59

 

Mark I Mist

 

 

 

First Version

 

 

 

Car Craft 

October

1960

pgs. 14-17

Car Craft

February

1961

p. 20

Popular Customs

Summer

1965

p. 9-10

Second Version

 

 

 

Rod & Custom

June

1965

pgs. 32-35

Custom Cars of the Fifties

 (book)

 1993

pg. 101

Custom Rodder

September

1996

p. 53 (revised hood)

Hot Rods & Customs of the Sixties

 (book)

1997

 p. 25

 

 

 

 

 

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