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Car Craft - Magazine Covers - 1953 to 1960

Car Craft was created when Honk was re-titled in December, 1953.  The magazine was owned by Robert E. Petersen and his Petersen Publishing empire, and it was part of Trends Inc.  By 1954, it became the "show how" car magazine and continues to be published today.  Dick Day and Ray Brock both got starts here early in their careers.  Car Craft was initially published in the small format style and later switched to full size.

Note that this page only covers images up through 1960.  Click HERE for 1961 to 1968.

PUBLICATION DATA: Car Craft was consistently in either the #5 or #6 position in print volumes among automotive titles that provided paid circulation details.   In the time period from 1955 to 1970, it grew about 6.3% annually, with monthly net paid circulation growing from 19,167 in 1955 to 47,818 in 1970.

Dec 1953 Vol 1 No 8 Jan 1954 Vol 1 No 9 Feb 1954 Vol 1 No 10 Mar 1954 Vol 1 No 11
Apr 1954 Vol 1 No 12 May 1954 Vol 2 No 1 June 1954 Vol 2 No 2 July 1954 Vol 2 No 3
Aug 1954 Vol 2 No 4 Sept 1954 Vol 2 No 5 Oct 1954 Vol 2 No 6 Nov 1954 Vol 2 No 7
Dec 1954 Vol 2 No 8 Jan 1955 Vol 2 No 9 Feb 1955 Vol 2 No 10 Mar 1955 Vol 2 No 11
Apr 1955 Vol 2 No 12 May 1955 Vol 3 No 1 June 1955 Vol 3 No 2 July 1955 Vol 3 No 3
Aug 1955 Vol 3 No 4 Sept 1955 Vol 3 No 5 Oct 1955 Vol 3 No 6 Nov 1955 Vol 3 No 7
Dec 1955 Vol 3 No 8 Jan 1956 Vol 3 No 9 Feb 1956 Vol 3 No 10 Mar 1956 Vol 3 No 11
Apr 1956 Vol 3 No 12 May 1956 Vol 4 No 1 June 1956 Vol 4 No 2 July 1956 Vol 4 No 3
Aug 1956 Vol 4 No 4 Sept 1956 Vol 4 No 5 Oct 1956 Vol 4 No 6 Nov 1956 Vol 4 No 7
Dec 1956 Vol 4 No 8 Jan 1957 Vol 4 No 9 Feb 1957 Vol 4 No 10 Mar 1957 Vol 4 No 11
Apr 1957 Vol 4 No 12 May 1957 Vol 5 No 1 June 1957 Vol 5 No 2 July 1957 Vol 5 No 3
Aug 1957 Vol 5 No 4 Sept 1957 Vol 5 No 5 Oct 1957 Vol 5 No 6 Nov 1957 Vol 5 No 7
Dec 1957 Vol 5 No 8 Jan 1958 Vol 5 No 9 Feb 1958 Vol 5 No 10 Mar 1958 Vol 5 No 11
Apr 1958 Vol 5 No 12 May 1958 Vol 6 No 1 June 1958 Vol 6 No 2 July 1958 Vol 6 No 3
Aug 1958 Vol 6 No 4 Sept 1958 Vol 6 No 5 Oct 1958 Vol 6 No 6 Nov 1958 Vol 6 No 7
Dec 1958 Vol 6 No 8 Jan 1959 Vol 6 No 9 Feb 1959 Vol 6 No 10 Mar 1959 Vol 6 No 11
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Apr 1959 Vol 6 No 12 May 1959 Vol 7 No 1 June 1959 Vol 7 No 2 July 1959 Vol 7 No 3
Aug 1959 Vol 7 No 4 Sept 1959 Vol 7 No 5 Oct 1959 Vol 7 No 6 Nov 1959 Vol 7 No 7
Dec 1959 Vol 7 No 8 Jan 1960 Vol 7 No 9 Feb 1960 Vol 7 No 10 Mar 1960 Vol 7 No 11
Apr 1960 Vol 7 No 12 May 1960 Vol 8 No 1 June 1960 Vol 8 No 2 July 1960 Vol 8 No 3
Aug 1960 Vol 8 No 4 Sept 1960 Vol 8 No 5 Oct 1960 Vol 8 No 6 Nov 1960 Vol 8 No 7
     
Dec 1960 Vol 8 No 8      

 

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