The Private London Car collection full of the rarest Custom and Bubble cars

From The Late Brake Show.

Jonny Smith visits an incredible private London car collection full of the rarest custom and bubble cars. By private we mean it is within the basement of a block of flats, and is only seen by owner (and serial automobilia collector Gary Hillman). From his ex-Jay Kay Ferrari FF and 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible daily drivers, to his hundreds of vintage pedal cars, Gary Hillman’s Car Cave is like no other.

Amazing to think that on an unassuming South London street pedestrians are walking past some of the world’s most famous custom show cars, built by non other than George Barris. Barris was the creator of numerous wild customs throughout the 1950s to 1980s, including the Batmobile and the General Lee. Gary used to own 12 Barris custom one-offs, but now has 4; Alvin’s Acorn, The Sidewinder, Sand Draggin and Pool Hustler.

Amongst these dusty custom legends sits rows of 1950s bubble cars. Gary not only collects BMW, Messerschmitt, Trojan, Heinkel and many other quirky microcars, but he also part owns the Peel Engineering firm which remanufactures the world’s smallest car – the Peel P50.

And if you appreciate motorbike stunt riders, Gary owns one of Eddie Kidd’s bikes and Evel Knievel’s old Messerschmitt TR200 bubble cars. Weird but true.

Please see the chapters for each vehicle featured in this episode.

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Filmed by: Nick Poole
Editied by: Alex Tyler
Thumbnail by: Matt Tarrant Design

Jonny Smith
Creative content maker, car presenter & car pervert for hire since ’98

0:00 Intro
0:28 Supported by EBC Brakes
0:45 Meet Gary Hillman
1:20 Ferrari FF (ex Jay Kay)
2:49 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible
5:17 Scootacar mk1
6:18 Peel P50 bubblecar
7:29 Monowheels!
8:25 Peel Trident mould
8:25 George Barris kustom cars
9:49 Alvin’s Acorn Barris custom car
11:18 Sidewinder V8 trike by Barris
12:20 Vintage pedal cars
12:40 Andy Saunders’ street legal speedboat
13:04 Amphicar amphibious car
13:43 The speedboat car
14:50 Sand Draggin’ Barris custom buggy
16:31 Eddie Kidd’s stunt bike
16:58 Peel Trident bubble car (with trailer!)
17:19 Evel Knievel’s Messerschmitt
17:49 1940s Pocheron microcar
18:35 BMW Isetta 300
19:07 Trojan 200 bubble car
19:26 Pool Hustler mad custom car!
20:13 Lambretta Mink prototype
20:37 Rytecraft Scootacar
21:08 Vintage funfair dodgems
22:01 1957 Performer powerboat
23:55 Cars in Gary’s penthouse
24:52 Peel Trident original
25:12 Peel P50 prototype bubble car
26:30 Thanks, like and subscribe

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