Recognize this car? You should. It was the Motor Trend cover car from July 1953! Its creators were Glenn Hire and Vernon Antoine of Whittier, California clearly took inspiration from their jobs in the jet aircraft division of the North American Aviation Company and applied it to the Manta Ray. As many other futuristic builders of its time, the 1951 GM LeSabre concept car inspired Glen and Vernon when they designed their outrageous creation. The Manta Ray is a fiberglass bodied Sport Custom.
|The original 1951 Studebaker Manta Ray painted a metallic golden shade of lacquer built by Glenn Hire and Vernon Antoine. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1az3KV)|
Power came from the stock 1951 Studebaker V8 engine that came with the donor car. Glen and vernon were more interested in the appearance of the car than performance, therefore the 1951 Studebaker engine and chassis were left alone.
|1951 Studebaker Manta Ray appeared in white ivory pink color at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. (PIcture from: http://adf.ly/1az3NZ)|
|Dashboard view of 1951 Studebaker Manta Ray. (PIcture from: http://adf.ly/1az7C7)|
|Left side view of 1951 Studebaker Manta Ray. (PIcture from: http://adf.ly/1az7C7)|
|Rear view of 1951 Studebaker Manta Ray. (PIcture from: http://adf.ly/1az7C7)|
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