1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER70641Sold* at Scottsdale 2009 - Lot #1254 1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTERhttps://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/70641/70641_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1254  1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER
  
AuctionScottsdale 2009
ReserveNO RESERVE
StatusSold
PriceRegister to View Price
Lot1254
Year1954
MakeKAISER
ModelDARRIN
StyleROADSTER
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Details
VIN161001393
Exterior ColorYELLOW
Interior ColorYELLOW
Cylinders6
Engine Size161
Transmission3-SPEED MANUAL
Description
Lot #1254 - This beautifully proportioned 2-seater was called the Kaiser Darrin because if came from wealthy industrialist Henry Kaiser's fairly large Kaiser-Frazier Auto Company and was designed by legendary custom coach builder, Howard A. "Dutch" Darrin. The first true American sports car with its prototype introduced even before that of the Corvette and T-Bird. 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 one year of production. Additionally, this car was owned by "Dutch" Darrin himself and included is the original State of California Used Vehicle Sale Notice in 1958 from his showroom on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Features include 161cid/80hp L-Head 6-cylinder Willys engine with a 3-speed manual overdrive transmission, 3-position Landau top, chrome wire wheels, wide white wall tires, 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 life long California car that has been in storage since late 1958 and shows only 3,826 original miles. Truly unique styling with a front that "always looked like it wanted to give you a kiss". A rare opportunity to own a fascinating piece of automotive history.
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