Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film

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9780760333464: Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film

An unassuming craftsman, legendary car builder Dean Jeffries has always preferred to let his creations speak for themselves. This book provides a rare, close-up look at the man, and the life, behind the "Mantaray," the "Monkeemobile," the Green Hornet's "Black Beauty," and James Bond's moon buggy, among countless others. Drawing on extensive interviews with Jeffries, bestselling Motorbooks author Tom Cotter gives readers the inside story on how, with little more than determination, raw talent, and a high school education, Jeffries became such an extraordinary figure in the automotive world. Cotter details the multiple careers Jeffries mastered at once, from custom painting and pinstriping to metal shaping and design. The book offers Jeffries' own account of the circumstances behind the famous TV and movie cars that followed, as well as the relationships he enjoyed with personalities as varied as A. J. Foyt, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Bruce Lee, Parnelli Jones, and Elvis Presley. Cotter also chronicles Jeffries' work on well-known hot rods, sports cars, and Indy racers--including the 21 starting cars Jeffries painted in a single Indianapolis 500. Featuring more than 200 images from Jeffries' own archive, here finally is a book that truly brings to life the man behind the legend.

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Dean Jeffries by Tom Cotter reveals how Jeffries became the master of auto customization and designed cars for Elvis Presley, A.J. Foyt and other celebrities-Publishers weekly -I just learned that there will be a special feature at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours in March - The Great Customizers: In addition there will be a new book out in March by Tom Cotter - author of the Cobra in the Barn and Hemi in the Barn - it's titled Dean Jeffries - 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film. As a huge Dean Jeffries fan and the owner of two of his cars I'll be very excited to see him at this prestigious event and I will definitely be buying several copies of the new book-Jalopyjournal-Dean Jeffries by Tom Cotter reveals how Jeffries became the master of auto customization and designed cars for Elvis Presley, A.J. Foyt and other celebrities --Publishers Weekly--There is a new book on Dean Jeffries coming out in March. It's written by Tom Cotter, author of 'Cobra in the Barn' and 'Hemi in the Barn'. It should be a great read -jalopyjournal dot com-In a completely neutral and direct way, Tom Cotter finally corrects all of the false information that has surrounded some of Dean's most famous work. He simply gives you the facts; backed up by shop schedules, timelines, photographs, and finally Jeffries' own memories... Movie star looks, the obvious customizing talents of striping, painting, and metal working, an expert race engine builder, and many say the driving talents to have been a champion on the biggest of racing stages, Dean Jeffries lived many lifetimes. And thanks to this wonderful new book by Tom Cotter ( complete with a touching forward by collector/preservationist Bruce Meyer ), we can finally all be brought up to speed on this amazing man's life, and Dean Jeffries can finally have his record shown and set straight... its been a long time coming. - --Steelworks dot co-- This new 192-page book by Tom Cotter gives a reasonably balanced view of Jeffries varied and interesting life around cars, illustrated with fantastic photos from Jeffries own collection. It s a classic American success story, and another great addition to your Motorbooks collection -- -- --Custom Car March 2009;Ask any car enthusiast who built the Monkeemoble and they'll probably answer 'George Barris'. Wrong. This most famous of '60s customs was actually built by Dean Jefferies, who also made Black Beauty for the tV series Green Hornet(remember the Corgi toy?) and many more(not least Mantaray which was built on a scarp metal Maserati birdcage chassis...A super-skilled pinstripe artist as well as a customizer and engineer, Jefferies also created the 'Flying Eyeball' symbol that Von Dutch took as his own, at one time painted 22 of the 33 cars on the Indy grid, and doubled for actor Michale Douglas in his later career as an stuntman. You'll find all kinds of similarly interesting snippets in this excellent and well-illustrated biography of a largly unsung car-culture hero, whos work was courted by Gary Cooper amongst others -- --Muscle Car magazine, July 2008

There are some people who are just too cool for school, and Dean jeffereies is one of those. In his oyunger days he looked like a film start, he was a gifted artist and engineer, he hung out with the coolest cats in toen and built some of the custom world's most memorable cars. Yet, unlike some of his contemporaries, he never blew his own trumpet and has often missed out on the credit due to him. You'll know him for the Monkeemobile , the Mantaray, and maybey the Kyote beach buggy, but did you know he painted Little Bastard on James Dean's Porsche Spyder, designed and built an electric Bonneville racer for Mario Andretti, was close friends with and worked on the pit crew for AJ Foyt's Indy Cars througout the 60's and was at one time the unofficial car painter for the Indy 500? Here's a man from Compton LA who;s done it all, and yet is still working form the same shop in Hollywood to this day. This new 192-page book by Tom Cotter gives a reasonably balanced view of Jeffrie's varied and interesting life around cars, illustrated with fantastic photos from Jefferie's own collection. it's not all custom cars, but that's what makes it all the more interesting. It's a classic American success story, and another great addition to your Motorbooks collection. --Custom car magazine, March 2009 In a completely neutral and direct way, Tom Cotter finally corrects all of the false information that has surrounded some of Dean's most famous work. He simply gives you the facts; backed up by shop schedules, timelines, photographs, and finally Jeffries' own memories... Movie star looks, the obvious customizing talents of striping, painting, and metal working, an expert race engine builder, and many say the driving talents to have been a champion on the biggest of racing stages, Dean Jeffries lived many lifetimes. And thanks to this wonderful new book by Tom Cotter ( complete with a touching forward by collector/preservationist Bruce Meyer ), we can finally all be brought up to speed on this amazing man's life, and Dean Jeffries can finally have his record shown and set straight... its been a long time coming -- -- --Steelworks dot com, July 2009

What started off as a casual job pinstriping and mildy customizing cars in Southern california in the early Fifiteis was just the beginning of a fifty-year career which has seen Dean jefferies rightly acknowledged as one of the most talented and innovative car designers and painters and builders in the States. This is his story. Wheteer he was building a hot rod, custom, Indy, or one of his famous TV cars( this is the men responsible for the Monkeeymobile and others beside), Jefferies was always at the top of his profession. Nothing was too much for his talent to tackle. having read this book it's hard to explain exactly where the bulk of his gifts lay -he could do so much so well. This is a particularly well put togetehr book with a lot of high quality images and some remarkable tales from working inside the movie industry. --Classic American, December, 2009

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Tom Cotter is the author of The Cobra in the Barn, and The Hemi in the Barn. He is a regular contributor to Road and Track, and has built one of the most successful PR agencies in motor sports.

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