Dean Jeffries posing with his customized 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera. He was widely known in Los Angeles as a painter so he built this car to showcase his talents as a customizer and it helped launch his carreer in a new direction.
The sign outside of Dean Jeffries shop on Cahuenga Blvd
Dean Jeffries Carrera in front of an F-22 Raptor at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, GA - Aug 19, 2011
James Dean and his Porsche 550 Spyder with paintwork by Dean Jeffries
The Von Dutch flamed 300SL Gullwing Mercedes that provided the inspiration for the roof vents in the Carrera
Dean Jeffries flamed 1933 Ford
Tom Cotter's excellent book about Dean Jeffries - published in 2009 - details the history of this very talented legend of custom cars.
Master fabricator at work - age 77 and still at it.
289 Cobra engine given to Dean by Carroll Shelby for painting the first Cobra (several times)
In Dean's office I found a picture of the Porsche that I hadn't seen before on the wall.
Dean's most famous creation - The Mantaray
Dean can't keep anything stock - even a million dollar plus Ford GT Roadster
Dean Jeffries in his shop with some of his cars in the background.
I visited Dean Jeffries in his shop on Cahuenga Blvd. in West Hollywood in August of 2010 to give him an update on the Porsche. He was adding aluminum inner fender panels to his GT-40 roadster to help prevent paint chips from rocks thrown by the massive rear tires (yes he drives the car on the street). Notice the non-stock Ford 4-cam Indy V-8 that he has installed into his car - one of four GT-40 roadsters that Ford built.
The Porsche posed with Dean Jeffries' masterpiece - The Mantaray at the Amelia Island Concours in 2009. The Porsche is currently undergoing a full restoration to its 1957 configuration.
Dean couldn't keep his hands off the car - it was a great experience for all of us.
Dean and his son Kevin Jeffries