This pocket-sized, small format magazine was published by Arnold Abramson and his Universal Publishing company. The contents were devoted strictly to custom cars, and there were many illustrations and "how to" tips. The magazine outlasted Petersen Publishing's Custom Cars primarily because customs were more popular on the East Coast.
The business was located at 1250 Camden Ave S.W., Canton, Ohio, with executive offices in New York. The first editor was Bern Williams, who did double duty with Rods Illustrated, a sister magazine launched the prior month. Later editors included Al Markovich, Daniel Kane, Larry T. Shaw and Phil Engledrum.
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Customs Illustrated had multiple years of publisher provided circulation volume data. The reported annualized net paid circulation ranged from 165,000 to 175,000 printed issues.
A total of 41 issues was printed from July, 1958 through January, 1967. All cover images are complete.