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Watch: Arthur Bentas Started to Build the Raven Sport Custom "for What Reason I Do Not Know"

Posted October 07, 2020 6:44 AM by dstrohl
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More than a few years ago, we worked with current owner Joe Germann on a series of articles about a sport custom called the Raven - a car that few people had seen over the prior half-century or so. That's because the Raven lay tucked in the garage of Joe's father's friend, Arthur Bentas, the man who originally built the car over a period of nine years. He'd try out one design, then scrap it and move on to another as his tastes evolved and his skills expanded.

The end result got some attention, an impressive feat for a car built in Massachusetts, far from the epicenter of custom car building, but after a couple years most people forgot all about it. Not Joe, who not only restored the car, arranged for some press on it, and took it to some high-profile shows (including the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance), he also made sure Arthur was front and center to receive the credit due to the car's original builder. Then in 2017, as The Jalopy Journal pointed out this past week, the Owls Head Transportation Museum sat Arthur and Joe down in the Raven for a discussion of how the car came together and what it meant to Arthur

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