1954 KAISER Kaiser Darrin Spts Car, 6-cyl.

1954 KAISER Kaiser Darrin Spts Car, 6-cyl.

KAISER DARRIN — (6-CYL) — SERIES 161 — Largely the brainchild of Howard Darrin (after whom it was named), the new Darrin sports car had first been announced on Sept. 26, 1952, with initial prototypes shown on Feb. 22, 1953. It appeared in limited numbers, mainly for testing and exhibition, during November 1953. That was about two months after production had actually commenced in Kaiser's Jackson, Mich., warehouse. The Willys merger and move to Toledo slowed the pace, but on Jan. 6, 1954, the car was finally released for public sale. Some sources indicate that actual deliveries began the same day. The fiberglass-bodied vehicle incorporated a number of radical ideas, including doors that slid forward, into the front fenders. ‘Dutch’ Darrin had first conceived of such an arrangement as early as 1922. Other features of the Kaiser Darrin included a three-position convertible top and a 161 cid/90 hp Will ...

 

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