Hot Rod Meets Sports Car: Bill Hebal’s Handcrafted 1946 Reichenbach Special

Hi Gang… Let’s work backwards in time. Today, good friend Bill Hebal and his wife Kate own a cool special from the 1940s.  That’s right….from 1946 to be exact.  Wouldn’t you want to know more….and I did 🙂   In response, … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Custom Body – Vince Gardner Shows Us How To Design and Build Your Own Sport Car in 1952

Hi Gang… Small books were published throughout the 1950s by various automotive magazine publishers.  The largest producer of these books was Petersen Publishing – the organization that brought us Motor Trend, Hot Rod, and other such luminary magazines.  But Fawcett … Continue reading

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Veritas Spohn Custom Car Photos Found: Feature Car of the 1957 Indianapolis Custom Car Show

Hi Gang… The fantastic – and sometimes overdone – customs built by Spohn in the postwar years have captivated my attention for many a moon.  And I pine and wish that maybe…just maybe…someday I will find a neglected or forgotten … Continue reading

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Vince Gardner’s 1950 Studebaker Special: Postwar Sport Custom – Part 1

Hi Gang… I’ve heard about this car for years – “The Gardner Studebaker Special” – and have been waiting for it to be found and restored.  My wait’s not been in vain – both have happened in just the past … Continue reading

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The Mightiest of the Mighty! Bill Miller’s 12 Cylinder Packard Sports Custom: Part 2

——– Note:  This is the second in a series of articles on Bill Miller’s Packard Special.  Click here to review all articles in this series. ——– Hi Gang… It’s great when stories continue to expand – and the one on … Continue reading

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The Mightiest of the Mighty! Bill Miller’s 12 Cylinder Packard Sports Custom: Part 1

——– Note:  This is the first in a series of articles on Bill Miller’s Packard Special.  Click here to review all articles in this series. ——– Hi Gang… Not many cars are going to be able to beat the size … Continue reading

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The 1951 Doray Sport Custom: Willys Based Special From Miami, Florida

Hi Gang… Another missing Sport Custom from the early ‘50s – the ’51 Doray Sport Custom.  I love cars that haven’t been seen in years – those are the ones that are most fun to find.  And this one’s from … Continue reading

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Sportster Morphed: Dan Post And The 1937 “Topper Sport Custom,” by Glenn Brummer

Hi Gang… Many of you know that I have long been fascinated with the cars that influenced the design of the later fiberglass sports cars of the 50’s.  To know the subject you are studying – you have to know … Continue reading

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Hermann Spohn, Coachbuilder: By Wayne R. Graefen

Hi Gang… I’m honored to share an article with you today written by automotive historian and good friend Wayne Graefen.  Wayne’s fascination with Spohn Customs has spanned nearly 50 years and culminated recently with the finding and acquiring the first … 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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Iowa’s Automobiles: An Entertaining and Enlightening History By Bill Jepsen

Hi Gang… Have I got a gem of a book to share with you – and a new “friend of fiberglass” to introduce too 🙂 The book is called “Made in Iowa:  Iowa’s Automobiles – An Entertaining and Enlightening History” … Continue reading

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Gatford Becomes Gatso – A 1948 American-Based “Dutch-Built” Special

Hi Gang… In our last story on this Dutch-built, American-based special, we reviewed their 1947 brochure when the company was called “Gatford.”  Click here to review this story on the 1947 Gatford / Gatso Sports Car: An American Based Special … 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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Lloyd Templeton’s Saturn: Sport Custom From Ames, Iowa (Motor Trend, January 1953)

Hi Gang… As we explore the history of early fiberglass sports cars, time and time again you’ll see me discuss the heritage from which they came, and that was Sport Custom Cars from postwar America. The Sport Custom genre was … Continue reading

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The 1947 Gatford / Gatso Sports Car: An American Based Special Built in Holland

Hi Gang… Egads!  How many American specials with American motive power could have been built in the ‘40s?  And outside this country? World War II had just ended in ’45, and here it was 2 years later and an American … Continue reading

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Dick Jones Inspiration for the Meteor SR-1: Meet the 1949 Veritas Meteor

Hi Gang… Over a period of many years, I was fortunate to get to know Dick Jones, designer and builder of the Meteor SR-1, quite well.  During our conversations which were across the automobile spectrum, we would talk quite a … Continue reading

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Robert Monroe’s 1949 Rogue – Cadillac Powered Sport Custom Extraordinaire

Hi Gang… If you want to understand the heritage of American fiberglass cars, you have to delve into the postwar history of Sport Customs – handcrafted sports cars made in metal or aluminum and built to create an American sports … Continue reading

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The 1949 Spohn Veritas Sports Car Special: Pre-Auction Pictures

Hi Gang… We’re burning up rubber here in the depths of Forgotten Fiberglass…..bringing to the surface lost and forgotten cars – mostly fiberglass – that deserve recognition and respect.  Today’s story is another in a series of articles on a custom … Continue reading

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