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Sunday, April 5, 2020

The 2nd Bosley classic dream car

The classic cars made in the 1960s have many unusual shapes and sometimes are also made and designed by manufacturers or individuals whose names may sound strange to us today. There is a certain indescribable thrill associated with the resurrection of a long lost automobile.
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate built by Richard Bosley for over nine years in the process. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xE0iXJ)
One of them is a car named Bosley Mark II Interstate, which was completed in 1966 by Richard Bosley, a horticulturist from Ohio, who is also a sports car enthusiast with a passion for automotive design. Although in fact, he did not have formal automotive training. And in the early 1950s, he decided to build his dream car.
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate made its debut in Sports Cars in Review in 1967 at the Henry Ford Museum. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xDaDmI)
After finishing building the first prototype of his car in 1953 known as the Bosley Mark I, while the chassis and drivetrain were rather conventional, the coupe body made of fiberglass and by the hand was truly shocking. And the international press immediately paid attention and Mark I was the subject of many articles in the United States and abroad at the time.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xDaDmI)
After that, he decided to make his second car which the process he was assisted by his wife, Carol and had spent time of nine years. There were over 5,500 hours of labor involved in the hundreds of handcrafted parts as well as items handed over to Reutter of Germany (such as seats and grilles) then Sibano-Bisano of Italy (for side windows and vents).
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate has many revolutionary features at the time (such as high stoplights, retractable driving lights, top dashboard display and seats with side backrests and passenger headrests). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xDaDmI)
The car was then known as the Bosley Mark II Interstate made its debut in Sports Cars in Review in 1967 at the Henry Ford Museum by highlighting many of its revolutionary features (high stoplights, retractable driving lights, top dashboard display and seats with side backrests and passenger headrests).
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate is equipped with 345 horsepower, Pontiac V-8 Tri-power engine mated with the Corvette manual transmission. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xDaDmI)
Despite having the appearance of 'Dream Car', this car was built to drive on the new highway system so it was named 'Interstate'. The fiberglass monocoque body is built on its Corvette chassis, and the car is equipped with 345 horsepower, Pontiac V-8 Tri-power engine mated with the Corvette manual transmission. The car had appeared as the cover story in several world's automotive magazines.
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate's last appearance was at the 2018 Concours d'Elegance in Hershey Pennsylvania(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xDaDmI)
Bosley kept the car until the late 1980s. The second owner let the car break down. It was rescued in 2000 and was acquired by the current owner in 2015. A full forensic restoration was completed and completed in the summer of 2017.
And for the last time, the car appeared in public was at the 2018 Concours d'Elegance in Hershey Pennsylvania, which we able to see on the video above. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | VINTAGE RACE CAR | AMERICAN COACHBUILDER]
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