In , the most popular detective show on television in the world featured a jive-talking parking lot attendant who made up his own vocabulary and drove a flamed Model T hot rod. The character used cool phrases like "antsville" a place packed with people and "long green" money , and he was constantly combing his hair, leading to a hit record by Connie Stevens called "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb. A character this eccentric had to have appropriate wheels, and Warner Bros. Although it was also seen in dozens of other movies and TV shows plus a full-page photo in the April 29, , issue of LIFE magazine , that particular rod would become known as the Kookie T, but, more importantly, it also signaled a sea of change for hot rods in general. Previously portrayed as chariots for thugs and juvenile delinquents, the rod had now become stylish transport for the terminally cool! And ever since, the Model T hot rod has become an icon on par with Harley-Davidson and Duesenberg in the history of transportation.
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How The Model T Became The T-Bucket - Street Rodder Magazine
To understand the Kookie T, one must understand Norm Grabowski. He was born in in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Polish immigrants. At age 12, the family moved to L. Formal education never appealed to Norm. He was expelled from high school, then later discarded from the Army, for medical reasons.
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Features Collector Cars. By Hailey Schulte. Photography by Colin Comer and Jason Brant. In May , the famed T-Bucket crossed the Mecum auction block ready to sell to the highest bidder, and sell it did after the heated bidding reached fever pitch.