In ’58 It’s Great! Ten Fiberglass Cars Reviewed: 1958 Sports Car Illustrated Directory

Hi Gang… Sports Car Illustrated started out with their first issue in July of ’55 and met with great success.  One year later they released a special edition (one issue only) titled “International Auto Salon.”  While I’m still researching if … Continue reading

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Der Kustom Wagen – DKW Flintridge, By Darrin and Woodill: Motor Trend, October 1957

Hi Gang… I can’t get enough of this cute little car. We’ve found quite a bit of documentation that time, effort, design, and process was all worked out, yet the effort didn’t yield many cars.  Howard “Dutch” Darrin’s design for … Continue reading

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The DKW Flintridge – A New Howard “Dutch” Darrin Sports Car Design: Motor Life, November 1957

Hi Gang… Another fiberglass sports car on the front cover of a major automotive magazine from the ‘50s.  How impressive is that gang! Howard “Dutch” Darrin still had it, and the world would always focus when he had something to … Continue reading

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Fiberglass State of the Industry – 1953: Hop Up Magazine, April 1953

Hi Gang… What a long article this is – but worth the read in every way 🙂 I’ve been putting off sharing this article with you not because it wasn’t important – it is.  The article was printed just after a … Continue reading

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Treasure Trove of 1946 Fiberglass Darrin “Life Magazine” Pictures Found!

Hi Gang… Appreciation of cars knows no boundaries.  And that has led to a great friendship with Rik Hoving – Custom Car aficionado who lives in the Netherlands.  Rik is one of the best sources out there on history of … Continue reading

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Howard “Dutch” Darrin – King of the Coachbuilders: Motor Trend, February 1953

Hi Gang… “King of the Coachbuilders” That’s what Motor Trend called Howard “Dutch” Darrin back in early ’53 – and with good reason.  His accomplishments in design and coachbuilding in the prewar years was legendary and his connection with the … Continue reading

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Howard “Dutch” Darrin’s 1953 Dyna-Panhard Special

Hi Gang… I’ve recently been calling Howard “Dutch” Darrin the “Rock Star” of fiberglass – and with good reason.  He produced a wider variety of prototypes and actual cars built from fiberglass in the postwar years than anyone else at … Continue reading

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The Darrin Sports Car: Road & Track, February 1953

Hi Gang… John Bond, editor and owner of Road & Track Magazine was on the cutting edge.  It was in February 1953 when official word was released from Kaiser-Frazer that the “Darrin Sports Car” would become the “Kaiser Darrin.”  And … Continue reading

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Howard “Dutch” Darrin And His 1946 Fiberglass Car: The “Rock Star” of Fiberglass

Hi Gang… Recently, I’ve begun to realize we have a new celebrity in the world of fiberglass from the ’40s and ’50s. I began to realize this, once I started to really dig into the research of Howard “Dutch” Darrin.  It … Continue reading

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The Introduction of the Kaiser Darrin Sports Car: Kaiser Dealer News – January 31st, 1953

Hi Gang… This is the first in a series of short articles about the introduction of the Kaiser Darrin sports car.  I’ve been fortunate to be working with a great team on researching the early history of this car including: … Continue reading

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Plastic Henry J: The Kaiser Darrin KF-161 – Popular Science, May 1953

Hi Gang… More neat stuff to share about the debut of the Kaiser Darrin…. Darren Swanson and I are working on an exact timeframe for all of the details of the debut of the Kaiser Darrin.  We’re also working with … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Dutch Darrin Designed DKW Flintridge And The Woodill Fiber-Glass Body Corporation

Hi Gang… We’ve been talking about Howard “Dutch” Darrin of late, so why stop now?  How ‘bout some of you helping us out with learning more about this neatly designed car.  One of the pieces I acquired from the Frank … Continue reading

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The Four Cylinder Club Introduces… The Kaiser Darrin Sports Car

Hi Gang… We’re on a quest.  A Kaiser-Darrin history quest.  When did the Darrin sports car debut?  And….when did it officially become the Kaiser Darrin 161 sports car?  Inquiring minds want to know. I know we can look it up in … Continue reading

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The DKW Flintridge – Howard “Dutch” Darrin’s Last (Built) Sports Car

Hi Gang… Howard “Dutch” Darrin was a designer bar none.  He’s remembered for styles he penned and cars he designed from the 1930’s thru our favorite age of cars – the 1950’s.  But what was the last car he designed … Continue reading

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The Darrin Competition Sports Car – Voila! Introducing the Kaiser Darrin (PIC Magazine, January 1953)

Hi Gang… Rick D’Louhy and I are trying to paint a picture – a fiberglass picture – of the 1950’s.  To do so we’re assembling all known articles big and small.  And…. laying on top of the articles is the … Continue reading

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1953 Dyna-Panhard Sports Car – Designed by Howard “Dutch” Darrin

Hi Gang… As Rick D’Louhy and I continue our pursuit of documenting the “Forgotten Fiberglass” cars of the 1950’s, special ones bubble to the surface based on design, obscurity, prominence, rarity, and interest.  One car combines all of these elements, and … Continue reading

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Modern Plastics February 1953 – A “Gaggle” of Glass For You to Review

Hi Gang… “Watch 1953…..Plastic bodies are not only the coming thing – they have come, and they are too good not to stay”. That’s what Jim Potter, managing editor of Motor Trend wrote in December 1952 – and he was exactly right.  … Continue reading

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Manual of Building Plastic Cars – Part 1

Hi Gang… There’s so much information about vintage fiberglass cars – if you know where to look.  One of my favorite pieces of information comes from the 1954 Trend Book Titled “Manual of Building Plastic Cars”.  What a gem of … Continue reading

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Skorpion vs Kaiser Darrin – Torrey Pines Road Race November 1954

Hi Gang… As promised….a story a day for 2 weeks….then Rick and I are going on another cross-country road trip to save a number of fiberglass relics.  I think Robert Frost once wrote about vintage fiberglass cars and the act of saving them…..”miles to … Continue reading

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