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Friday, November 6, 2015

One-Off Hemi-Powered Bosley GT Roadster

There are so many new and used cars out there that only a madman would undertake the task of building his own car from scratch. And yet, within the automotive community, it cannot be denied that there is no shortage of mad men wrenching away, conceiving of their own cars while they work on others.
One-off 1953 Bosley GT Mark I. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HsJn3u)
He is Richard Bosley, a horticulturist from Ohio, found himself inspired and envious of the shapes of the 1950’s Ferraris which produced at the post-war Europe. But the American car offered nothing of the sort at the time (1952), so he decided to build his own car from the ground up.
Front three quarter of 1953 Bosley GT Mark I. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HsHX9a)
He gave the name to his custom built car as 'Bosley GT Mark I,' and he started off by building a four-inch tubular steel frame. The front suspension is derived from the 1952 Ford, the back of a 1948 Mercury.
Rear side view of 1953 Bosley GT Mark I. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1MJObsU)
Fiberglass body is a design all his own, and a four-speed manual transmission backed a 331 "Firepower" HEMI V8 engine. The custom car as you can get, and Bosley's aerodynamic, Ferrari-inspired shape claimed to reach speeds up to 160 mph. This car is one of the best custom built cars ever made by an automotive enthusiast.
Due Bosley's dream of starting a car company never came to fruition, as he could not lock off the funding. But that didn't stop him from racking up more than 100,000 miles on his custom car...before trading in for a Corvette. Now, the Bosley GT Mark I now on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ROD AUTHORITY]
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