1940 Ford 5-Window Coupe

Project Quick Facts

Profile ID: 2117
Year: 1940
Make: Ford
Model: Coupe
Markets: Rod & Custom
Vehicle Type: American

Donn Lowe has had 50 Years experience in building Hotrods .  By the early eighties, he could see the handwriting on the wall as far as the collision business was concerned.  Lowe recalls, “It went from straightening and getting a lot of labor time to just parts replacement.”  Rather than conceding defeat, though, he returned to his roots.  “I told my wife, ‘I want to open a custom shop.’” He muses, chuckling.  “Of course, that was in ’82, and when I look back on it, it was really stupid.”

But, thank goodness, hindsight follows experience.  Since striking out on his own some 28 years ago, Lowe’s merged his interests and skills, tempering them with a close of historical perspective.  And by many accounts, it’s worked.  “I’ve been very lucky to hook up with several guys as clients who allow me to build some neat cars,” he acknowledges.

Donn states, “I might be an ultra-traditionalist, but I try to push the envelope.”

As a builder, Lowe’s brand of preservation isn’t simply the regurgitation of old and trusted themes.  Instead it’s a pragmatic philosophy based on his desire to keep traditional aesthetics and philosophies from stagnating.  Operating out of Lowe Customs, his professional-grade home shop in Oregon City, Oregon, he and his two-man crew put a spin on the traditional rod and custom aesthetic with each car they build.  He specializes in all phases of Hot Rod and Custom Fabrication.

  • Small Projects to Full Builds
  • Drivers to Major Award Winners
  • Restoration and Repair