Fiberglass Buyers Guide (Car Craft, March 1956): Part 8 – The Victress S1A Roadster

Hi Gang…

This is our eighth in a series of “spotlights” on sections of a Buyer’s Guide for fiberglass sports cars published by Car Craft in March, 1956.  Click on the link below to review all fiberglass cars discussed in this 1956 Buyer’s Guide as of today:

Click here to review all articles published on the Car Craft, March 1956 Buyer’s Guide

Today’s article focuses on the Victress S1A Roadster designed by Doc Boyce-Smith and Hugh Jorgensen which debuted in late ’52 in Southern California.  And the car shown in the Buyer’s Guide is none other than the Victress S1A Roadster built by Grant McCoon of “Grant’s Piston Rings” – still a missing car as of today.

Background: The Victress S1A Roadster

The Victress appeared on the automotive scene in late  ’52 and by late ’53 it had already starred in the International Films movie, “Johnny Dark” with Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie AND had been used by Guy Mabee, Denny Larsen, and Ray Brown in August of ’53 at Bonneville to set the world’s record and become the “World’s Fastest Sports Car.”

Not a bad start for Victress Manufacturing – and they were just getting going in the industry 🙂

Let’s see what Car Craft had to say about the Victress S1A Roadster

Car Craft (March 1956): The Victress S1A

Car Craft (March 1956)
Victress S1A
Specifications

Wheelbase
  • 99 inches
Tread
  • 58 inches
Overall Length
  • 168 inches
Overall Width
  • 67 inches
Overall Height At Cowl
  • 38 inches
Overall Height With Top
  • 54 inches
Body Kit Semi-Complete
  • $595.00
Body Kit Including Hardware
  • $695.00
The above body is also available to fit a 94 inch wheelbase and 48 inch tread.  This model is called the Victress S5. 
For additional prices and information, write: Victress Manufacturing Company11823 Sherman WayNorth Hollywood, CaliforniaPoplar 5 – 5339

Summary:

Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…

Glass on gang…

Geoff

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