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Die-cast: Automodello’s 1954 Kaiser Darrin

Automodello creates stylish 1/24th Kaiser Darrin …Automodello Kaiser Darrin

There was a fine line between sports cars and two-seat boulevard cruisers as the 1950’s midpoint approached. The British were exporting tiny, nimble, two-seat sports cars in growing numbers to the United States.

This was the heyday of MG, Austin-Healey, and Triumph. Chevrolet, Ford and upstart Kaiser Motors were about to respond, with their Corvette, Thunderbird and Darrin, none exactly sports cars.

Kaiser’s Darrin was by far the most stylish, but was basically a one-year wonder. The others had staying power. Now Automodello has created its own 1/24 scale resin model of the daring Darrin that once was described as looking like it was trying to kiss someone with its puckered oval nose grille.Automodello Kaiser Darrin

The History

Howard “Dutch” Darrin had a long car styling resume, most recently with Packard, before Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph W. Frazer brought him onboard their new Kaiser-Frazer Corp. after World War II. Darrin went on to design a sports car on his own time and with his own funds, then presented it to Kaiser, looking for the company to produce the roadster. Continue reading Die-cast: Automodello’s 1954 Kaiser Darrin

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Chasing Classic Cars: A jewel of a Jag and a T’bird with clipped wings

I carry my phone with me all the time!

So I live just a couple of minutes north of Pewaukee Lake, one of Wisconsin‘s largest. On the east shore there is always something going on. Many times I’ll sit with the family when we get ice cream. They’re looking at the sunset 1961 Jaguar XK-150 Convertible, rare Jaguars, collector cars, classic cars, british cars1961 Jaguar XK-150 Convertible, rare Jaguars, collector cars, classic cars, british carswhile I’m looking at the road. So one night we come out of the ice cream shop and what parks right in front of me but this 1961 Jaguar XK-150 convertible. Sorry for the darkness of the images. This model represents the ultimate development of the XK-series cars prior to the advent of the XK-E. Three SU carburetors feed the 3.8-liter engine with valve actuation by dual overhead camshafts and a Weslake-developed ‘gold’ cylinder head. It is virtually identical in all specifications to the XK-E 1951_Kaiser_Darrin, Kaiser autos, Darrin, collectible cars, rare cars, fiberglass cars, chassing classic carspowerplant. The 150S offered the owner/driver the combination of sparkling performance and handling blended with a level of comfort and luxury rarely encountered in thoroughbred sports cars of this period. This is owned by the same guy who owns this Kaiser Darrin. Only made them one year. Fiberglass body and the doors slide it. He is going to keep it un-restored just like you see it here. He also has a Tucker. That’s one heck of a collection. A check with Hemmings and I found alot of Jags that were daily drivers, most in mid five figures but the really good one’s were bumping up to 200K. This car is in that class.

A T’bird that’s a dead bird from a collectors standpoint

This was really sad. There are collectors that would love to have a vintage Thunderbird but not this 64-ish. I mean what was the guy thinking? He had if for sale and last time I rode by it was still there. Go figure. tbird 2