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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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.
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.