America’s Production Sports Cars in 1953: Speed Age Magazine – Special Edition

Hi Gang… We’re working hard here at Forgotten Fiberglass to compile and archive a copy of every postwar automotive magazine from 1947 to 1960.  These are essential to documenting the era and the stories that abound on building your own … Continue reading

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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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America’s Boulevard Sports Cars: Jim Potter’s Thoughts – Motor Life, July 1956

Hi Gang… This is one of my favorite titles for the larger and more powerful sports cars – most of which were fiberglass by ’56 – built in America.  Jim Potter, the author of this article, had been covering the … Continue reading

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The 1952 Petersen Motorama – An Automotive Smorgasbord! Auto Sport Review (March, 1953)

Hi Gang… When’s the last time you visited a Smorgasbord?  I grew up in the ‘60s and it became a word our family used quite a bit.  These were the first “buffets” that I can remember and this is exactly … 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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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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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 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 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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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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