<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008

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1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE
Design by Howard Darrin

Sold for US$ 137,500 inc. premium
1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE
Design by Howard Darrin

Chassis no. 161.001429
Engine no. 899008

161ci OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
90bhp at 4,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*429 out of 435 produced
*Exceptionally restored to factory specifications
*Extensive history file
*Innovative and epic automotive styling
*A legend of 1950s motoring



THE KAISER-DARRIN SERIES 161

In the bustling years after World War II, American roads were peppered with ever growing numbers of European and British sports cars. American servicemen returning from overseas duty were bringing with them nimble little cars with gutsy engines and sleek styling. American manufacturers wanted in on the action, but nobody had a suitable car ready to compete with the European invaders. Ford and GM started work on their own interpretations of a sports car, while the independent Kaiser Motors also decided to toss their hat in the ring. To compete with the imports, swift action was needed, so Kaiser enlisted the famed industrial designer Howard "Dutch" Darrin to produce a fiberglass-bodied sports car based on the compact Henry J. economy car.

The first prototype appeared at the New York Auto Show in 1953, just besting Chevrolet's Corvette to become America's first fiberglass production sports car. Beyond the sweeping profile and heart-shaped grille, the Darrin was most famous for its pocket doors that disappeared into the front fenders on sliding tracks. Construction of the fiberglass bodies was outsourced to Glaspar of California. Power is courtesy of the 161 cubic inch Hurricane F-head inline six. Just 435 of these stunning cars were built, making them both rare and desirable. All sold as 1954 models and came equipped with a three-position Landau top, which was considered quite novel at the time.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Being number 429 out of the 435 produced, this Kaiser-Darrin represents one of the last surviving examples of the production run. Number 429 was originally purchased in 1954 by a Mr. Bisco, who owned and operated a Kaiser Frazer dealership in Allentown, PA. He used the car as his personal vehicle until giving it to his daughter Lucretia Seaman Bisco for her 18th birthday in September of 1973. Lucretia would own number 429 for the next 5 years until she began to start a family of her own. Unfortunately at that point, being a two seat sports car, the Kaiser-Darrin no longer fit her lifestyle. Lucretia reluctantly sold the car to William E. Bruring of LaCrosse, WI in September of 1978. Mr. Bruring enjoyed number 429 for the next 29 years. In the second half of his ownership, the car was placed into protective storage and no longer driven. After it had been sitting for about 15 years, Mr. Burring's good friend, Donald Lake, purchased number 429 in July of 2007. Mr. Lake soon undertook a full restoration, treating the car to new paint, chrome, tires, brakes and cylinders, along with a full engine refurbishment. He personally completed the work in 2008 but unfortunately was taken ill soon after. The car was subsequently purchased by the consignor in August of 2010.

Although the restoration work that Mr. Lake performed was excellent, the car's presentation was not at the concours level that the current owner desired, so in 2013 he launched a complete frame-off cosmetic restoration that included period-correct Champagne Lacquer white paint, as well as newly upholstered leather seats and carpeting in contrasting red – the car's most desirable color combination. The restoration is fully documented in the car's extensive history file, including invoices and photo documentation of the process. Also included in the history file are detailed service records and documentation of Mr. Lake's 2007 restoration. In total, this Kaiser-Darrin has only covered what is believed to be 35,722 original miles. Since its 2013 restoration, number 429 has been driven less than 100 miles, only being driven to attend local shows in which it has won Best in Show and People's Choice Awards. Accompanying the car will be its original owner's manual, original jack set, and newspaper articles that feature the Kaiser-Darrin.

Few cars possess the style and elegance of the Kaiser-Darrin. With so few examples left in existence, this great car is sure to command attention. To own Kaiser-Darrin 429 is an opportunity to enjoy a rare, iconic American sports car with an extensively documented history.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the interior is finished in the correct type vinyl as would have been fitted from new. Please note that the correct engine number for this car is 3495386.
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<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
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<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001429<BR />Engine no. 899008
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