Howard "Dutch" Darrin had been one of America's foremost automobile designers since the Classic era when he was hired by Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph Frazer to design the Kaiser and Frazer, their revolutionary postwar automobiles. Always at the forefront of automobile concepts, Darrin began to assemble a prototype fiberglass bodied sports car on the compact Henry J chassis in his Santa Monica, California shop. Darrin soon had Kaiser enthused over the concept car. This 1954 Kaiser-Darrin is one of only 435 that were built. It is powered by the 161 cubic inch 90 horsepower F-head Kaiser six with overdrive 3-speed transmission. Low, streamlined and incorporating a feature Darrin had long wanted to employ -- doors that slid into the front fenders instead of being hinged -- it is one of the most rare, distinctive and individually designed vehicles of the Fifties. This example is finished in light yellow with matching light yellow upholstery, interior trim and 3-position top, an eye-catching and very pleasing color combination. It has been restored to high standards of appearance, quality and attention to detail and comes with a full set of side curtains (in light yellow, of course) and the correct Kaiser wire wheel covers and wide whitewall tires. It also is very thoughtfully presented under the hood in accurate colors and finishes. This is one of the best Kaiser-Darrin’s around and needs nothing. It will be a popular addition to any collection.
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