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Rod & Custom - Magazine Covers - 1959 to 1964

Rod & Custom was started by Quinn Publishing under the leadership of Bill Quinn.  Bill left Road & Track and took Hop-Up magazine with him, along with Lou Kinsey (artist and writer) and Ralph Poole (photographer).  Dean Batchelor joined in April 1952.  It was sold to Petersen Publishing in 1955.

Rod & Custom was a huge hit when launched in May 1953, and quickly improved in quality.  It went to a full-sized print format in 1961.  The magazine was known for many "firsts": swapping a Chevrolet V8; the first project series with Dream Truck; the introduction of model cars, go-karts and dune buggies; and the emphasis on street rodding.  However, Rod & Custom mostly concentrated on customs and hot rods, and it stayed true to its mission.

The magazine was published continuously through June 1971 then was cancelled by Petersen and folded into Hot Rod magazine.  It was resurrected briefly in July 1972 and was printed until May 1974 when it was cancelled a second time.  Then it was revived again in December 1988 under the leadership of Pat Ganahl.

Jan 1959 Vol 6 No 9 Feb 1959 Vol 6 No 10 Mar 1959 Vol 6 No 11 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
Jan 1961 Vol 8 No 9 Feb 1961 Vol 8 No 10 Mar 1961 Vol 8 No 11 Apr 1961 Vol 8 No 12
May 1961 Vol 9 No 1 June 1961 Vol 9 No 2 July 1961 Vol 9 No 3 Aug 1961 Vol 9 No 4
New Large Format
Sept 1961 Vol 9 No 5 Oct 1961 Vol 9 No 6 Nov 1961 Vol 9 No 7 Dec 1961 Vol 9 No 8
Jan 1962 Vol 9 No 9 Feb 1962 Vol 9 No 10 Mar 1962 Vol 9 No 11 Apr 1962 Vol 9 No 12
May 1962 Vol 10 No 1 June 1962 Vol 10 No 2 July 1962 Vol 10 No 3 Aug 1962 Vol 10 No 4
Sept 1962 Vol 10 No 5 Oct 1962 Vol 10 No 6 Nov 1962 Vol 10 No 7 Dec 1962 Vol 10 No 8
Jan 1963 Vol 10 No 9 Feb 1963 Vol 10 No 10 Mar 1963 Vol 10 No 11 Apr 1963 Vol 10 No 12
May 1963 Vol 11 No 1 June 1963 Vol 11 No 2 July 1963 Vol 11 No 3 Aug 1963 Vol 11 No 4
Sept 1963 Vol 11 No 5 Oct 1963 Vol 11 No 6 Nov 1963 Vol 11 No 7 Dec 1963 Vol 11 No 8
Jan 1964 Vol 11 No 9 Feb 1964 Vol 11 No 10 Mar 1964 Vol 11 No 11 Apr 1964 Vol 11 No 12
May 1964 Vol 12 No 1 June 1964 Vol 12 No 2 July 1964 Vol 12 No 3 Aug 1964 Vol 12 No 4
Sept 1964 Vol 12 No 5 Oct 1964 Vol 12 No 6 Nov 1964 Vol 12 No 7 Dec 1964 Vol 12 No 8

 

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