Dean Jeffries, a car guy with a brush.

Dean Jeffries, one of history’s preeminent automotive sculptors and engineers passed away at home on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Dean Jeffries, also known as “Deano” began pinstriping cars in Lynwood, California, in the early 1950s.  Jeffries pinstriping lead to custom painting, and then to custom fabrication.

Jeffries fabricated some of the most innovative custom cars and hot rods of all time, including the 1964 Grand National Roadster Show champion, the Mantaray, which featured a Maserati Grand Prix chassis and a Cobra engine.

Other cars built by Jeffries include the “Monkeemobile”, the original Green Hornet’s “Black Beauty”, James Bonds’ “MoonBuggy” from Diamonds Are Forever, and the 35 foot long 12 wheel “Landmaster” built for the movie Damnation Alley.

Jeffries also painted the infamous words “Little Bastard” on the tail section of actor James Deans Porsche. Others that did business at his shop included Gary Cooper, Steve McQueen, Dan Stiel, James Garner and Jay Leno.