Friday, July 2, 2010

Roy Rogers' Bonneville

Could you? Would you? Well my answer is HELL YESS!!!!  I would love to have this car!  GAH!  With any luck the horn would sound like GUNFIRE!!!!


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Roy's Bonneville, Christie's New York, July 14-15, 2010, Sale 2332, Lot 10
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000

Catalogue Notes:

Nudie Cohen, the famed "Rodeo Tailor to the Stars," first gained prominence in the early 1950s as the personal tailor for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, making national headlines with the $10,000 gold lamé suit he created for Elvis Presley in 1957. From the 1950s to the 1980s, requests for Nudie's work piled up from a multitude of top stars, ranging from Gene Autry to ZZ Top.

By the early 1960s, Nudie added his signature treatment to a number of Cadillacs and Bonnevilles -- eventually creating a total of 18 Nudiemobiles. This indescribable vehicle is one of only nine that are known to exist today, each one uniquely personalized with its own arsenal of non-functional but authentic armaments and chrome-plated embellishments.

Beginning with a stock 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible, Nudie removed all traces of the original interior material and carpeting, replacing it with exquisitely hand-tooled leather. Then came the application of hundreds of genuine collectible silver dollars, along with chrome-plated pistols, horseshoes, miniature horses and rifles. Some of these items acted as functional replacements for interior and exterior door handles, switches and controls. Nudie worked out the mechanics of six-shooters to the point where the pull of a trigger on the gear shift works the gears, other pistols open the doors and two more pistols on chrome stands replace the front seat arm rest. Still another pistol sounds the horn and two more open the doors from the outside. Two derringers are also employed replacing the emergency brake release and the other works the directional lights. In all, Nudie has used 14 guns in Roy's western car. Externally, the six-foot wide Texas longhorns on the front end of the vehicle leave an imposing first impression, while the rear of the car has a full Continental trunk treatment. Natural-stocked rifles are mounted on the rear of the car, one on each fender and one mounted on the trunk lid. The six-foot wide Texas longhorns on the front end of the vehicle leave an imposing first impression, while the trunk of the car is emblazoned with the name ROY ROGERS.

For an extra front-seat rider, Nudie has placed a fabulous silver saddle between the bucket seats, decorated with rhinestones and 150 silver dollars.

Nudie gave this car to Roy in the 1960s as a token of their friendship wanting Roy to know "how much he loved and respected him." Roy and Dale rode in their Nudiemobile in several parades over the years before it was returned to its permanent home at the museum.


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33 comments:

everythingisjustwonderful said...

I'm sorry, is the gear shift a saddlehorn? HELL. YES.

I think the horn should sound like the theme song to the magnificent 7.

Missy said...

I LOVE this car! I love the saddle!

hope505 said...

that's just about the sexiest thing I've seen in quite a while...

WOW !! !!

vint junky said...

Haha! That's my dads name. Yes, after the cowboy!!!
And hell yes I'd have this car too, but I'd wanted my horn to sound like a crazy stallion...ok maybe abit of gunfire thrown in too

xxx

bananas. said...

ooh girrrrrl i'd be riding in that passenger seat rolling with you! i'd have my gun strapped to my thigh and a cig hanging from my red lips, we'd be looking SEXY!!! yeehawwww!!!

diane said...

Talk about tooting your own horn.

Tracie said...

I would be a ROCK STAR in my town if I had that car! Seriously. I'd have hillbilly stalkers lined up and down my street.

Mrsblogalot said...

Love that car and I don't care what that says about me!!

Down and Out Chic said...

i'd proudly ride around in it with you. we'd get all the guys that way, ha!

Tia said...

I'm dying to take a ride on that saddle!! Unless there is some sort of gear shift there, then that might be getting a little to freaky for me!

Have an awesome weekend!!

Iva said...

I'd totally ride shotgun {HA!} with you in this ride!!!


FRIDAY!! YAY!! Have a great 4th of July weekend!!! :)

buffalodick said...

Great story! My Dad sold a local cowboy with his own kid's show a custom Buick..we thought we were special!

Ellie Grace said...

YESSSS!! This is amazing. :)

freeteyme said...

very cool!!! It amazes me how and where you find your daily posts! imagine if this was my getaway wedding car?! totally bad!

Christiejolu said...

I wouls SO drive this car...You kidding in Tucson I would be worshipped for this car...or get car jacked...one or the other...

Alisa said...

I think you should get it!

Esther said...

whew. this IS some amazing car.

g e o r g i a ~ g i g i said...

Oh Drollgirl,(I just typed droolgirl, ha ha and retyped)
Anyway, I think this drool would be complete with your cowboy with no sideburns, he he!
I loved your Cowboy story! I love all your stories ;)
I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I would have to completely overhaul my outfit and persona to pull off this ride.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh man, that is sick! Love it! It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George thinks he bought Jon Voight's car! LOL! Love the new header, btw! XO!

C.B. said...

Oh wow, that is beautiful.

Trixie said...

Hey! Isn't that Fred Flintstone's father in law's car? Or some rootin tootin slicky boy who visits Bedrock? It's so familiar!

:D

Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

It's so good to be back and to catch up in your online dating experiences..!! Hold on there a good one will come along!! I have to BFF that actually got married thanks to Match...!
Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!!!

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

i always love old cars. i have seen jay leno's collection and my mouth was just drooling.

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

SHOP

十十f十 said...

HELL YES. white and silver and tan. WOO HOO.

Martina Rosenberg said...

sorry, I am the little Babbit here :-) I'd rather ride a pink Eldorado, please. Pretty please...and that is not only because of the color....

Jill said...

I would feel as hip as a 42 year old chick could feel ridin' around in that!

mel said...

wow! that car is crazy awesome:)!

Kitty Stampede said...

Shit Yeah. I love me some classix. I go nuts over mobiles. and this one is beyond nutjob cool.

Kathryn said...

Very cool!

asweetcakes said...

I wouldn't be caught dead in that car! i don't think i'd be able to drive it with a straight face

Anonymous said...

There's one just like it up behind the bar at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield CA.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there is more then one of these? First off I hear Roy Rogers car, then Hank Williams jr had it in 1968. Then a TX car collector in 2006. Then at RM auctions n 2009 this car sells to Kid Rock at 225,000 and its in his video if you seen that?