James Hetfield and Rick Dore Presents “AQUARIUS”
Owned by James Hetfield of Metallica.
Built by Rick Dore Kustoms
Styling: Rick Dore, Marcel, Eric Brockmeyer
Body by Marcel’s
Paint: PPG Liquid Metal, Benny Flores, Art Himsl
Chassis: 34 Packard, Art Morrison/Accu Air
Upholstery: Ron Mangas
Coker Tire: Radial Wide Whites
It all began with a stack of sheet aluminum and an idea to inject some American custom car styling into classic coachbuilding design ideology. The result is “Aquarius,” a completely original, hand-formed coachbuilt custom for the ages.
For those familiar with the work of French coachbuilders Figoni and Falaschi, their influence—and specifically that of the ’38 Delahaye 165 cabriolet—is apparent. But equally at play is the sinister elegance born from American customizers of the ’40s and early-‘ 50s. Long and low, the roadster has a familiar silhouette that’s all its own.
The flowing teardrop body is complemented by aggressive details like the beautifully scalloped side pipes. Enclosed pontoon fenders carry chrome rearward while the ornate Du Vall-style windshield
and lift-off hardtop exude early hot rod spirit. It’s a delicate balance with undeniable rhythm and flow, masterfully executed by some of the most gifted hands in custom car building and metal shaping.
Styled and Built by Rick Dore Kustoms, metal shaping by Marcels.
Special Thanks To:
Roger Odell -Lucas Oswald -Steve Wilks – Michael Dore – Lil Loie – Headwinds – Dan Fink Grills – Dyanamat – Erik Heckman — Dennis Crooks – Glen Sickles – Richard Sides – Ron Francis Wiring