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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sold: "The Black Pearl" - Stunning 1940 LaSalle Kustom Convertible

Best known as “The Black Pearl”, this stunning 1940 LaSalle-based Kustom honors the Harry Westergard tradition with a modern twist. Jim Bailie of Windsor’s Metalshapers extensively reworked the original coupe body, with every body panel subtly customized in a traditional fashion. A deep black PPG exterior finish, Coker wide whitewall tires and steel wheels with ’54 Cadillac hubcaps complete the smooth and tasteful exterior.

Smooth and stunning in every respect, not one body panel of Lyle and Elaine Handsor's 1940 LaSalle Kustom Convertible, best known as "The Black Pearl", escaped the deft touch of Windsor, Ontario-based metal-shaping wizard Jim Bailie. Sharp rod and custom fans will immediately recognize Mr. Bailie for his incredible work on the "Nadean" '53 Buick custom of the early '90s. Makes you wish GM built it this way when new, right? Photo credit: Paul Sontrop
The chopped and hand-fabricated Carson-style top by Jim Bailie, enhances the basic Harley Earl/GM Art & Colour design of this final-year 1940 LaSalle, tastefully restyled in the tradition of Harry Westergard. Fit, finish, and detailing are clearly to show-quality standards and this Kustom ride is simply stunning throughout. Photo Credit: Paul Sontrop 
The very luxurious ultra leather interior features 8-way power seats, a custom console, a wrap-around rear seat, and custom wooden inserts. Amenities include A/C, power windows, remote doors, a backup camera, and Dakota digital gauges.

The luxurious ultra leather interior features 8-way power seats, custom console, wrap-around rear seat, and custom wooden inserts. Amenities include A/C, power windows, remote doors, a backup camera, and Dakota digital gauges. Photo credit: Paul Sontrop 

The completely updated drivetrain consists of a 300-hp, fuel injected Cadillac Northstar V-8 engine backed by a GM THM 700R4 four-speed overdrive automatic. Underpinnings include a Camaro front subframe and suspension with disc brakes, as well as a 3.73:1 GM rear axle. 

Photo Credit: Jason Handsor

Once finished in 2007, the car was shown at the Detroit Autorama, the Goodguys Columbus Nationals, and at the Goodguys Rhinebeck, New York event, earning a Rod & Custom “Top Ten” pick and several other awards. It has also appeared in the Goodguys Gazette, Rod & Custom, Street Rodder, and the latest edition of Canadian Hot Rods. With only three national-level show appearances, the new owner will be able to continue to show the car and add to the awards earned by “The Black Pearl”.

This stunning, high-quality Kustom displays impeccable fit, finish, and workmanship throughout. It will be offered for sale at Collector Car Productions' upcoming Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction, which will be held on the weekend of Friday, October 21 - Sunday October 23, 2011 at the International Centre, Mississauga. "The Black Pearl" will be there on feature display, and is scheduled to cross the auction block on the afternoon of Saturday, October 22. Use the "Comment" feature below this post to add your comments and ask questions about this stunning vehicle.

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