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Handmade Roadster rolls into car show - Pamplin Media Group

The most notable cars at the annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance are traditionally rare vintage models painstakingly restored to their original conditions. For example, last year's Best in Show winner was a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Tourer that looked brand new. An even older car, a 1903 Ford A, also was honored.

But this year, many eyes will be on a one-of-a-kind handmade car designed by two Portland hot rodders, Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie. The Renaissance Roadster looks like a heavily customized 1933 Ford painted in shiny kandy apple red and glossy black with embedded glass crystals. But it was actually built from the ground up during a 10-year-long project that was on the verge of collapsing several times before finally being completed in Frisbie's internationally renowned Southeast Portland shop, Steve's Auto Restorations.

"The original plan was to build 24 of them as 'kit cars' that would be finished by the owners. Chris sketched it and we... Source: