Monday, January 2, 2012

Mystery Car Update - Solved: LaDawri Castilian!

Update - The mystery car is a late 50's fiberglass special based on a period Corvette called the LaDawri Castilian!

Spotted next to a pole barn in Granville County, North Carolina is this car constructed from mixed fiberglass and steel components of unknown origin. Most likely it's a low volume 60's kit car from a US-based manufacturer but any ideas that could point to it's identity are welcomed.








Here is what's known about it:
  • 5 lug wheel, small bolt pattern (maybe Ford)
  • 3 Wipers indicate possible E-type Jaguar cowl
  • Hood looks like it could be steel
I was afraid to get any closer to it as it was fenced in and I know enough about Eastern NC to approach these kinds of situations with at least some degree of caution. I didn't want to be 'that guy who's tryin' to stove up my Maserari'.

Feel free to put in your two cents below!


5 comments:

  1. The front end reminds me vaguely of a Triumph, but I can`t put my finger on which model.

    Regardless, I want it.

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  2. The car could be anything, but the body is a Victress C3 coupe, designed by Art Center student Merrill Powell in 1955, Victress Mfg Co.was sold to LaDawri Coachcraft and the fiberglass bodies were renamed. Produced by both California companies from 1955 to about 1963 in limited numbers.

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  3. This body was not based on any Corvette. The 1955 design predates the post-1961 tail of the G2 Corvette by 6 years, and the front predates the Ferrari 250 SWB (and Lusso) by at least 5 years. This was an original design. In addition, a similar design to this was the Peter Brock "Cadet" done for GM that also predates the original Sting Ray/Stingray that Brock did in '59. In my opinion, the prettiest Corvette creation of the period, and deservedly admired by most everybody. All credit for the shown car goes to Mr. Powell.

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  4. Agreed, except LaDawri bought the body molds from Victress in 1961, and made them though 1965. I have just bought one of the last bodies made from Mr Powell himself, still alive and kicking at 90!

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  5. Agreed, except LaDawri bought the body molds from Victress in 1961, and made them though 1965. I have just bought one of the last bodies made from Mr Powell himself, still alive and kicking at 90!

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