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Rod & Custom - Magazine Covers - 1965 to 1970

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.

A special note.  Petersen spun off a separate magazine in June, 1964 called "Rod & Custom Models".  This was geared to scale automobile enthusiasts.  The June 1964 issue was volume 1, number 1.  The last issue was published in January, 1965 as volume 2, number 1.  This magazine was then folded back into the "regular" R&C.  So there are two February, 1965 issues.  The regular one is volume 12, number 10, while the new merged issue is titled as "Rod & Customs Cars and Models" and is volume 12, number 11.

Jan 1965 Vol 12 No 9 Feb 1965 Vol 12 No 10 Feb 1965 Vol 12 No 11
Cars & Models
Mar 1965 Vol 12 No 12
Apr 1965 Vol 12 No 13 May 1965 Vol 13 No 1 June 1965 Vol 13 No 2 July 1965 Vol 13 No 3
Aug 1965 Vol 13 No 4 Sept 1965 Vol 13 No 5 Oct 1965 Vol 13 No 6 Nov 1965 Vol 13 No 7
Dec 1965 Vol 13 No 8 Jan 1966 Vol 13 No 9 Feb 1966 Vol 13 No 10 Mar 1966 Vol 13 No 11
Apr 1966 Vol 13 No 12 May 1966 Vol 14 No 1 June 1966 Vol 14 No 2 July 1966 Vol 14 No 3
Aug 1966 Vol 14 No 4 Sept 1966 Vol 14 No 5 Oct 1966 Vol 14 No 6 Nov 1966 Vol 14 No 7
Dec 1966 Vol 14 No 8 Jan 1967 Vol 14 No 9 Feb 1967 Vol 14 No 10 Mar 1967 Vol 14 No 11
Apr 1967 Vol 14 No 12 May 1967 Vol 15 No 1 June 1967 Vol 15 No 2 July 1967 Vol 15 No 3
Aug 1967 Vol 15 No 4 Sept 1967 Vol 15 No 5 Oct 1967 Vol 15 No 6 Nov 1967 Vol 15 No 7
Dec 1967 Vol 15 No 8 Jan 1968 Vol 16 No 1 Feb 1968 Vol 16 No 2 Mar 1968 Vol 16 No 3
Apr 1968 Vol 16 No 4 May 1968 Vol 16 No 5 June 1968 Vol 16 No 6 July 1968 Vol 16 No 7
Aug 1968 Vol 16 No 8 Sept 1968 Vol 16 No 9 Oct 1968 Vol 16 No 10 Nov 1968 Vol 16 No 11
Dec 1968 Vol 16 No 12 Jan 1969 Vol 17 No 1 Feb 1969 Vol 17 No 2 Mar 1969 Vol 17 No 3
Apr 1969 Vol 17 No 4 May 1969 Vol 17 No 5 June 1969 Vol 17 No 6 July 1969 Vol 17 No 7
Aug 1969 Vol 17 No 8 Sept 1969 Vol 17 No 9 Oct 1969 Vol 17 No 10 Nov 1969 Vol 17 No 11
Dec 1969 Vol 17 No 12 Jan 1970 Vol 18 No 1 Feb 1970 Vol 18 No 2 Mar 1970 Vol 18 No 3
Apr 1970 Vol 18 No 4 May 1970 Vol 18 No 5 June 1970 Vol 18 No 6 July 1970 Vol 18 No 7
Aug 1970 Vol 18 No 8 Sept 1970 Vol 18 No 9 Oct 1970 Vol 18 No 10 Nov 1970 Vol 18 No 11
     
Dec 1970 Vol 18 No 12      

 

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