1954 KAISER-DARRIN CONVERTIBLE - 60673 Sold* at Scottsdale 2008 - Lot #984 1954 KAISER-DARRIN CONVERTIBLE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/60673/60673_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #984   1954 KAISER-DARRIN CONVERTIBLE
Auction Scottsdale 2008
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 984
Year 1954
Make KAISER-DARRIN
Model
Style CONVERTIBLE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 161001265
Exterior Color WHITE
Interior Color RED
Cylinders 6
Engine Size
Transmission
Description
Lot #984 - This Kaiser-Darrin is a beautifully-styled open 2-seater sports car and an attention-getter without equal. Most notable of its many distinguishable styling elements are the unique doors that glide forward and almost disappear inside the front fenders. The innovative Kaiser-Darrin boasted several technical advancements when it first appeared on the American sports car market and those attributes are still very desirable in today's market. Features such as: a fiberglass body, a low center of gravity (the lowest of any vehicle at the time of its production and a good ground clearance with a wheelbase of 100"), give this special model a sporting and comfortable driving characteristic. Powered by the legendary and reliable 161cid Willy's 6-cylinder engine, the Kaiser-Darrin was styled by Santa Monica-based Howard 'Dutch' Darrin, who had also designed for Packard and Studebaker. Unusual for the time, the Kaiser-Darrin had a strong, but light fiberglass body, a three-position landau convertible top with intermediate half-up position, plus full instrumentation and a 3-speed floor shift transmission with available overdrive. In 1954, the model's only year of production, a mere 435 cars were built with a total weight of only 2175 lbs. Plus the super reliable 161cid Willy's 6-cylinder engine, the performance was satisfying and predictable. The Darrin was able to achieve 0-60 sprints in about 13 seconds and near-100mph flat out top end speeds all while delivering around 30mpg fuel economy. This particular Kaiser-Darrin is a 66,000 mile original California/Nevada car which spent time in a museum and on display in a Las Vegas casino before a sympathetic and thorough restoration began in 2006, in preparation for the Copperstate 1,000-mile vintage road rally, this Darrin was thoughtfully prepared and well sorted mechanically. It performed flawlessly on the open road and remains in top condition. It has both available options of a heater and an overdrive transmission. This car would be eagerly accepted for nearly every vintage road rally. Much effort, time and money was resourced to make this a mechanically sound and cosmetically correct example of one of the most glamorous 1950's iconic cars. Kaiser-Darrin serial number 1265 has appeared in several television segments over the last two years.
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