Pin striper and car customizer Dean Jeffries has died at the age of 83. Jeffries gained notoriety for such iconic cars as The Monkee Mobile, Black Beauty (star of the TV show Green Hornet) the Mantaray and many others.
One of the more famous striping jobs he ever performed was lettering on James Dean’s 550 Porsche. Jeffries cut his teeth painting numbers and information upon military vehicles during his tenure in the US Army in Europe.
When he returned from the war his neighbor Troy Ruttman would befriend him, and they would work on cars together. After Ruttman joined with J. C. Agajanian, the Indianapolis 500 race team and Ascot Speedway owner, Agajanian hired Jeffries to stripe and letter his cars in 1953. In a short time he was competing and showing cars around the country and helping craft cars for Hollywood alongside other custom legends like George Barris, Ed Roth and more.
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