<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371

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Lot 45
1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE

Sold for US$ 121,000 inc. premium
1954 KAISER-DARRIN SPORT CONVERTIBLE
Design by Howard Darrin


Chassis no. 161.001371

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

*371 out of 435 produced
*Beautifully restored to factory specifications
*Always garaged kept and regularly serviced
*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 371 out of the 435 produced, this Kaiser-Darrin represents one of the few examples of the unique roadster from its limited the production run. As rare as it is innovative, this Kaiser-Darrin is finished in the popular color scheme of Champagne Lacquer (white) over red leather with a matching red three-position top.

With its fiberglass coachwork and numerous difficult to find parts, Kaiser-Darrins are sadly neglected due to the cost and challenges involved in restoring them. It is a rare find to come upon an example as nicely presented as this one. The subject of an extensive restoration several years ago with only gentle use since, the sliding door droptop has been regularly serviced and carefully garaged. Easily a more enjoyable driver than a Corvette of the same year, it carries enough eyeball and curb appeal to turn the heads of even the most jaded enthusiasts. More than that, the car is also accompanied by a first edition 1954 owner's manual and original copies of the 1992 and '93 Kaiser Darrin Owner's Roster.

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 371 is an opportunity to enjoy a rare, iconic American sports car.
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<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
<B>1954 KAISER-DARRIN  SPORT CONVERTIBLE<br />Design by Howard Darrin<br /><br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 161.001371
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