The First Most Beautiful
This hot rod was the first-ever winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy at the National Roadster Show in 1950. Constructed by Bill NieKamp in 1949, it used parts from many different cars, including Essex, Mercury, Ford and Plymouth. The hood panels and nosepiece were hand-fabricated. It was one of the first custom cars to earn national recognition for its distinctive artistry and pop culture appeal.