Fred DeFalco 1954 Buick

“Jaded” – Fred DeFalco’s 1954 Buick

“After building numerous Fords and Chevys, I wanted to have something different from the mainstream,” says Fred DeFalco. He got just that with this ultra-cool, custom-crafted 1954 Buick Century known as “Jaded.”

Built by Church Rods and Relics in Michigan, the Buick sports a new custom frame that incorporates a Fatman IFS, RideTech air springs, Wilwood disc brakes, and one-off 19- and 20-inch EVOD wheels. The 383c.i. stroker small-block Chevy engine is fed by Inglese induction and dressed up like a Nailhead using custom Curtis Speed valve covers. It’s backed by a 700R4 transmission.



A long list of subtle refinements updates the big Buick body, including a narrowed and tucked front bumper, custom-machined headlight trim, a filled cowl, extended rear fins, tucked and lowered rear bumper, one-off inner fenders and firewall, and custom fit and finish on all of the body panels. It’s all beautifully covered in Glasurit two-tone green paint.

Fred DeFalco 1954 Buick

A custom dash by Matt Brady leads the way inside, with Classic Instruments fitted into custom bezels by Curtis Speed. Don’s Custom Auto Upholstery stitched custom-dyed green leather over Lexus seats, while a custom wheel from Jesse Greening tops the Flaming River column.

Big, bold, and beautiful, Fred’s custom Buick combines ’50s style with modern flair and craftsmanship to bring this Century into the modern age.

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.