Danny Tarpley.

A stunning 1949 Chevrolet sedan delivery owned by Danny Tarpley of Gibsonton.

Designed and built by noted customizer Mark Cummings, it campaigned as the "Widowmaker" for several years on national show circuits. Little remains of its working-class Chevy origins. Its Firebird front clip houses a turbo-charged 350 cubic-inch V8 engine. With a 5-inch chopped top and airbag suspension, it is low-slung, sleek and then some.

Danny, who has been a car buff since he was 15, was instantly smitten at the sign of the Widowmaker. He said, "As soon as I saw it, I told myself, I gotta have this one." A week later, he did. Fellow enthusiasts agree, and the car draws a steady stream of admirers at cruise-ins.