GENE WINFIELD IS A ROD & CUSTOM LEGEND with a body of work that spans more than 65 years .
He's had his own shop in various California locations over the years, and in the mid-60's the AMT Model Corporation offered Gene a contract to head their "Speed & Custom Division" in Phoenix, Arizona.
So, in 1965, Gene closed his then-current shop in Modesto, moved to Phoenix, and proceeded to build some of the most fantastic Specialty/Concept vehicles that have ever been seen !
Close on the heels of the Ford Custom Car Caravan, The AMT Speed & Custom Division, was set-up to specialize in vehicles that were used in TV Shows & Films, and Gene's output included such stellar rides as: The "Get Smart" Car, The "Man From U.N.C.L.E." Car, and, the fabulous, full-size "Star Trek" Shuttlecraft ! Those vehicles could then be turned into AMT Models.
(Above Left: The "Star Trek" Shuttlecraft ! Photo from the Gene Winfield Collection; Above Right: The "Man From U.N.C.L.E." Car "The Piranha")
(Above: The "Get Smart" Car...based on a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. Photo courtesy of TV Land)
(Above Left: The 1996 AMT Version of the "Star Trek" Enterprise Model Kit; Above Right: SAM FOOSE (l) & myself (r) at Darryl Starbird's. Sam helped Gene on many of his projects while they were with the AMT Speed & Custom Division. That's a pic from my Personal Collection.)
NOTE: All of the photos/images on this page courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks !
SO IT WAS THAT WHEN GENE & I GOT TOGETHER for this Interview, I wanted to ask him about that AMT Experience because this is one subject that we've never covered.
Well, as usual, he didn't disappoint me ! Gene also had a current "to do" list that includes some Preview Info on his re-creation of the "Pacifica" (show here)...originally done for the Ford Custom Car Caravan.
With a travel schedule that takes him to Canada, Australia, Sweden, Japan, and, many other Countries around-the-world, GENE WINFIELD, with 65-years-plus of building, painting, and desigining Rods & Customs, and holding seminars & classes on those same subjects WorldWide, is still one of the most in-demand & sought-out Legends & Pioneers of all-time !
He's also a friend who I hold in the highest regard...and wish continued success for decades to come ! JK
GENE WINFIELD'S Biography by, David Grant, a Motorbooks, Pub., is an excellent look at Gene's life,cars, and, career. Read my Full Review in the "HOT OFF THE PRESS" Section...just click-on here to get there !