Robert Epp still misses the 1952 Ford Tudor with the '55 Plymouth grille installed by Darryl Starbird in the mid-'50s at his custom shop on Mt. Vernon.
Robert Epp still misses the 1952 Ford Tudor with the '55 Plymouth grille installed by Darryl Starbird in the mid-'50s at his custom shop on Mt. Vernon. Courtesy
Robert Epp still misses the 1952 Ford Tudor with the '55 Plymouth grille installed by Darryl Starbird in the mid-'50s at his custom shop on Mt. Vernon. Courtesy

The one that got away

December 26, 2009 12:00 AM

UPDATED January 02, 2010 05:55 PM

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