OVERVIEW
This pocket-sized, small format magazine was published by Arnold Abramson and his Universal Publishing company from July, 1958 through January, 1967. The address was at 1250 Camden Ave S.W., Canton, Ohio, with executive offices in New York. The first editor was Bern Williams, who did double duty with Rods Illustrated, a sister magazine launched the prior month. Later editors included Al Markovich, Daniel Kane, Larry T. Shaw and Phil Engledrum.

The contents were devoted strictly to custom cars, and there were many illustrations and "how to" tips.  The magazine outlasted Petersen Publishing's Custom Cars primarily because customs were more popular on the East coast.

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PUBLICATION DATA
Customs Illustrated had multiple years of publisher provided circulation volume data. The reported average monthly net paid circulation ranged from 13,780 to 18,300. The magazine remained in the #13 or #14 position among all automotive titles with reported data.

CONTENT COMPLETENESS
A total of 42 issues was printed from July, 1958 through January, 1967. All cover images are complete, and we are still collecting table of content pages.

Jul 1958
Jul 1958 Vol 1 No 1
Sep 1958
Sep 1958 Vol 1 No 2
Nov 1958
Nov 1958 Vol 1 No 3
Mar 1959
Mar 1959 Vol 2 No 1
Sep 1959
Sep 1959 Vol 2 No 2
Dec 1959
Dec 1959 Vol 2 No 3
Mar 1960
Mar 1960 Vol 3 No 1
Mar 1960
May 1960 Vol 3 No 2
Jul 1960
Jul 1960 Vol 3 No 3
Sep 1960
Sep 1960 Vol 3 No 4
Nov 1960
Nov 1960 Vol 3 No 5
Jan 1961
Jan 1961 Vol 3 No 6
Mar 1961
Mar 1961 Vol 4 No 1
May 1961
May 1961 Vol 4 No 2
Jul 1961
Jul 1961 Vol 4 No 3
Sep 1961
Sep 1961 Vol 4 No 4
Nov 1961
Nov 1961 Vol 4 No 5
Jan 1962
Jan 1962 Vol 4 No 6
Mar 1962
Mar 1962 Vol 5 No 1
May 1962
May 1962 Vol 5 No 2
Jul 1962
Jul 1962 Vol 5 No 3
Sep 1962
Sep 1962 Vol 5 No 4
Nov 1962
Nov 1962 Vol 5 No 5
Jan 1963
Jan 1963 Vol 5 No 6
Mar 1963
Mar 1963 Vol 6 No 1
May 1963
May 1963 Vol 6 No 2
Jul 1963
Jul 1963 Vol 6 No 3
Sep 1963
Sep 1963 Vol 6 No 4
Nov 1963
Nov 1963 Vol 6 No 5
Vol 7 No 1
Mar 1964
Mar 1964 Vol 7 No 2
Jul/Aug 1964
Jul/Aug 1964 Vol 7 No 3
New Large Format
Oct 1964
Oct 1964 Vol 7 No 4
w/ Rods Illustrated
Dec 1964
Dec 1964 Vol 7 No 5
Feb 1965
Feb 1965 Vol 7 No 6
Apr 1965
Apr 1965 Vol 8 No 1
Jun 1965
Jun 1965 Vol 8 No 2
Sep 1965
Sep 1965 Vol 8 No 3
Dec 1965
Dec 1965 Vol 8 No 4
May 1966
May 1966 Vol 8 No 5
Sept 1966
Sept 1966 Vol 8 No 6
Jan 1967
Jan 1967 Vol 9 No 1
Last issue