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Friday, July 10, 2015

Rare classic American roadster with sliding doors

In the mid 1950s, there is a passionate desire of American automotive manufacturers to produce a sports car that can compete with European roadster. Then Ford produce Thunderbird, GM presenting Corvette and Kaiser released Darrin.

Initially, a Dutch automotive designer, Howard Darrin has surprised Henry J. Kaiser with his car prototype in 1952. Although Kaiser in that time wasn't in the 'sports car' bussines, because its design was so iconic makes it finally produced.
1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1H9Dnwe)
Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible filled with unusual features, and the most typical is the car's door that can be shifted into the front fenders. In addition, the design of elongated front fender and balanced with the rear overhang is also extended.
Interior view of 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1H9Dnwe)
Overall the car body constructed of fiberglass that weighs only 300 lbs, or about 136 kg, and this makes the overall weight of just 2,176 lbs car or 987.9 kg. This prototype was produced in Glaspar, a boats specialized and kit car company from Santa Ana, California.

Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible is also equipped with various luxury features, including three-point canvas roof that uses French landau iron. In the interior, the cabin design exclusive full pleated leather can be ordered according to the buyer. That's makes the Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible price is quite high in that time, ie US $3,668 or equivalent Rp.41,8 million.
Rear side view of 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1H9Dnwe)
The first production model using the J chassis with Willys six-cylinder engine that has a capacity of 2.6-liters. This machine is capable of producing power ie up to 125 bhp (93.2 kW) and combined with three-speed manual transmission. With a three-carburetor setup, making Kaiser Darrin capable of reaching a top speed of 95 mph (152 km/h).
When the Kaiser-Willys closed in 1955, Darrin then complete the remaining cars with the Cadillac V8 engine. So the car has more power up to 300 bhp, and also made a new Darrin model was among the fastest sports car in the United States at that time.

In total only 435 units of Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible rolled off the production line, the last of which 100 units were made by using the Cadillac V8 engine. With iconic design and rarity, Kaiser Darrin 161 Sports Convertible is a Henry J. Kaiser's car most sought-after the world's automotive collector today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ]
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