The Albany Hermes was never the car it is today. It was born as just any other unassuming, post-war car for the returning G.I. Joe. But like the Vapid Hustler and the Declasse Tornado, the Hermes was chosen as the canvas for a new style of workmanship and personal expression. Soon, gone were the mild-mannered chrome accents and simple, bubbly lines, replaced with flame paint jobs inspired by falling Nokota fighters and swooping, hard-edged chopped tops copied straight out of an aerodynamics "how-to" book. The Hermes, true to its name, became the winged messenger of the then-blooming hot rod culture, and has stunned and entranced gearheads and grease monkeys for all time since.
This was never a car that existed on Albany's drawing boards back in 1948, but here it is. As real as gastric distress after Burger Shot and with more work done to it than the girls down at the Vanilla Unicorn. An unimaginable fusion of aviation and wartime grit injected straight into post-war America. It's beautiful, it's shocking, and most importantly, it can be all yours.
More images in the spoiler below, as always.