1954 KAISER DARRIN CONVERTIBLE - 184647 Sold* at Palm Beach 2015 - Lot #438 1954 KAISER DARRIN CONVERTIBLE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/184647/184647_Front_3-4_Web.jpeg
Lot #438

1954 KAISER DARRIN CONVERTIBLE

Auction Palm Beach 2015
Reserve RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 438
Year 1954
Make KAISER
Model DARRIN
Style CONVERTIBLE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 161001393
Exterior Color YELLOW
Interior Color YELLOW
Cylinders 6
Engine Size 161
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Description

Lot #438 - Best in Class and Sponsor's Choice Award at 2015 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. A rare and historically significant automobile built and owned by Howard "Dutch" Darrin himself. This beautifully proportioned two-seater was call Kaiser Darrin because it came from wealthy industrialist Henry Kaiser's large Kaiser-Frazier Auto Company and was designed by legendary custom coach builder Howard "Dutch" Darrin. The first true American sports car, with its prototype introduced even before that of the Corvette and Thunderbird. Always a forward-thinker, Darrin incorporated his patented sliding "pocket" doors and 3-position convertible top. Bodies were supplied by Glaspar Boat Company, a pioneer in the use of fiberglass for specialized cars. This is body #393 of only 435 Kaiser Darrins ever built during only 1 year of production. Features include 161/80hp L-Head 6-cylinder Willys engine with a 3-speed manual overdrive transmission, 3-position Landau top, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, heater and patented pocket doors. Finished in the original and striking color combination of Yellow Satin with matching interior and top. A total body-off restoration of a lifelong California car that had been in storage until late 1958. Truly unique styling with a front that "always looked like it wanted to give you a kiss." A rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history.
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