Kookie’s Kar, the long-lost famed T-bucket is back! The 1950s-era car will come out of contention after decades in May and be among the no-reserve Jim Street Estate Collection at Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Kookie’s Kar is unanimously regarded in the Hot Rod community as the catalyst of the T-bucket craze that overtook the custom auto industry in the mid- to late-1950s. Built by the late Norm Grabowski and later occupying a star-car role in the hit private detective series “77 Sunset Strip” as actor Edd Byrnes’ personal driver, “Kookie’s Kar,” as it came to be known, is an unquestionable icon among historically significant custom cars. Its sudden disappearance in the 1960s led to much speculation as to whether the car still existed at all, making its reemergence some 50-plus years later all the more intriguing.
Found carefully tucked away within the storage facilities of Ohio’s late Jim Street, as he was known, the car remains intact, still wearing its final iteration of customization. With its return to the spotlight this May 15-19, it’s time for a new owner to take hold of the torch and keep thriving the legacy of the one-and-only T-bucket revolution-starter: Kookie’s Kar.