When Kyle Gann started his project car 24 years ago, nobody – including himself – thought it would become the work of art it is today. He started by chopping the top and doing some minor body and interior repair, then some unfortunate hardships came and he found himself having to say good-bye to his classic.
Everything on it is handmade. – Kyle Gann
After careful consideration, he sold the car to a close friend and fellow club member. He watched as his friend started making headway with a few minor things on the suspension and drive train.
After years, Kyle finally had the means, and had asked enough times, to buy his Pontiac back. That is where this story actually begins.
Using his personally owned and operated body shop for body work and paint, the body was chopped six and a half inches and a classic Chevrolet truck windshield was cut down to be used for the back glass. The rear windscreen is trimmed with custom and beautifully polished stainless steel.
Wanna talk about low? The floor board sits about two inches from the ground. Except for the body drop and being bagged at all four corners, the drive train and suspension are mostly stock. The final touch for the driveline was the addition of front and rear disk brakes.
What build is complete without the right wheels? Kyle chose some Kelsey Hayes Wire wheels and Coker classic radial whitewalls that added up to a great combination.
Don’t forget the paint – this gorgeous paint job is purely custom. Perfectly composed purple flames run the length of the car straight down the hood, roof, deck lid, and a touch along the side skirting. It is also accented with some custom graphics surrounded by thick pin-striping. It’s all in the details and this paint job is full of details.
The interior, however, is anything but stock. “Everything on it is handmade,” Kyle stated during an interview at the Santa Maria 2015 West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals. “The center console runs all the way back, the package tray is all metal, the dash is all metal, there are armrests in the back that are all metal and there is a metal strip that runs down the headliner,” Kyle added. The front seats are believed to have been pulled from a Ford Mustang that were then customized to compliment the rear seat design.
When asked what challenges he faced during this build Kyle said “Making everything fit and not look stupid. At one point we thought about bubbling up the hood, but I didn’t want to do that. Everything was Shoehorned in but it worked.” We had to agree. It worked and it worked well.
Kyle’s beauty is complete with the top chopped, the body slammed and that paint is on point. This kustom 1960 Pontiac Bonneville is just that, a work of art. No work of art is ever finished without hard work and dedication. In this case 24 years of dedication! Kyle took the time to thank his club members for all their help on making this build happen as well as his friend Roy from Bakersfield Air Craft Interiors who did all the custom upholstery.
While he doesn’t like to take the Bonneville out too often it has been seen about four times in Santa Maria, once at the Grand Nationals and one time at Ink and Iron. We definitely look forward to seeing Kyle’s two new projects at future shows. He is currently working on a 1928 Model A Roadster and a 1935 Plymouth.