This Oklahoma newspaper photograph contains retired Texas Ranger Ben Preston of Dodge City, Kansas, with his custom roadster he “put together piece by piece to suit his own taste.” The September 11, 1938 press release with the image also states, “he never did like the way standard automobiles were built,” and this was his idea of how a car should appear.
We do not believe he built this car “piece by piece,” although it appears we have identified the maker of the late-1920s roadster he began with and will leave it up to our sharp-eyed readers to tell us all about the make-up of this machine.
Please share with us what you find of interest in this Oklahoma Publishing Company photograph courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Up Date: We believe that Ranger Ben Preston’s custom is a circa 1927 Pierce Arrow Model 80 Runabout. View an image of one which has survived in the second photo below. View more photos of this car which is in the Richard H. Driehaus Collection.