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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Supercharged Kurtis Nash 500M: Bob Christie’s Carrera Panamerica Sports Car

Hi Gang… What a great story and fantastic fiber car of yesteryear – and it survives today as a beautifully restored sports car. Gordon White wrote of this car in his 2001 book, Kurtis-Kraft: Masterworks of Speed and Style, and … 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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Kurtis-Kraft Sports Cars: Sports Cars Trend Book #130 (1956)

Hi Gang… This is an interesting book because of it’s date – 1956.  It gives us a window into what was still happening in terms of fiberglass sports cars and other interesting facets of automotive history at the time.  Here … Continue reading

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The Birth of the Kurtis Sports Car (KSC): Speed Age January 1948 and Road and Track December 1949

Hi Gang… Questions, Questions, Questions…..I love questions 🙂 What was the first postwar kit or “assembled sports car’ in America? Who made the first full-size “production” sports car in postwar America? Which postwar sports car could be ordered with a … Continue reading

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GMC Under Glass: The Dick Lane Sorrell SR100 With A Kurtis 500KK Chassis Too!

Hi Gang… Now we’re talking! A Sorrell SR-100 with a powerful GMC six cylinder….Kurtis 500KK chassis….flip front for easy access….who could ask for more?  Not many.  And I’m sure this would have been considered an idea build in all the … Continue reading

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Frank Kurtis and Kurtis Kraft: Postwar American Coachbuilding Royalty: Car Life December, 1961

Hi Gang… We’re in search of detail and history here at Forgotten Fiberglass.  Either directly from the folks and their families who were creating the history, or from first person accounts as narrated by authors in vintage automotive magazines.  Today’s … Continue reading

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Chassis Up Guys! Get Yours While They Last….The 1953 Kurtis 500 KK Frame: Hop Up, October 1953

Hi Gang… Consider what it must have been like at the start of building of your own sports car back in the early 50’s.  I imagine many conversations went something like this…. “Hey!  Check out this cool Victress/Glasspar/Woodill/Meteor/Byers/Allied body I … Continue reading

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The Debut of the Kurtis 500-M: Press Release December 15th, 1954

Hi Gang… Rick D’louhy and I can’t stand ambiguity. Smoke and mirrors are not our friend.  Conjecture and wild tales while fun – cause irreparable harm to the truth.  Clear, precise, first-person facts are what we’re after, and that’s one … Continue reading

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The Cars of the Milwaukee Masterpiece: Ben Warren’s Kurtis Kraft 500 M

Hi Gang… As promised earlier, I’ll show “more” and talk “less” about each of the cars that appeared at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance on August 28th, 2011.  Click here to read more about the success of vintage ‘glass … Continue reading

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The Kurtis 500 M (McCullough) Debuts – One Fast, Smart Cadillac Powered Special For 1955

Hi Gang… Let’s talk Kurtis. Frank Kurtis worked for Don Lee, a famous and successful Cadillac dealer in 1930’s California, and created some of the first custom cars in prewar America.  He also built race cars back then, and that’s where his … Continue reading

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