Photo: Nudie’s Country Western Bonneville

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 15th, 2013

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Nudie Cohn

Shiny floral-print vinyl? Pistols for door handles? Silver dollars glued everywhere? And, to boot, a saddle for a console? Tacky doesn’t begin to describe the interior in this 1964 Pontiac Bonneville.

Not surprisingly, it was designed by famed tailor Nudie Cohn, the man credited for inventing the glitz and gold of the rhinestone-cowboy movement. Everyone from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash wore his designs. Some, unfortunately, even drove his cars.

You have to give him credit though, he was an original.

4 Responses

  1. ron anders says:

    if it was’nt for tacky alot of us would have lost out on alot of money

  2. lady fat cat lady fat cat says:

    Nudie Cohn was an idol for me when I was studying costume design. I always thought that I’d have been a great western wear designer. His glitz represented the “rhinestone cowboy” and I can appreciate him taking that aesthetic to the car designs– definitely matched his client’s personalities!

  3. DaneDobrinska DaneDobrinska says:

    Just think, our children/grandchildren will be talking about how gawdy our vehicles look with carbon fibre and alcantara.

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