1961 LaDawri-Victress Assembly Manual

1961  LaDawri – Victress  Assembly  Manual John  Gulow  Archives Click  Here  To  Learn  More  About  The  History  of  This  Assembly  Manual Scroll down this page to view / download this assembly manual Click  Here  To  Read  The  1961  LaDawri – … Continue reading

LaDawri: Instruction and Assembly Manuals

Instruction  and  Assembly  Manuals Click  on  the  Links  Below  To  Explore  Each  Assembly  Manual 1961  LaDawri – Victress  Assembly  Manual John  Gulow  Archives 1958 – 1959  LaDawri  Conquest:  Supplementary  Information John  Gulow  Archives 1957 – 1959  LaDawri  Coachcraft  – Conquest  … Continue reading

LaDawri Models Offered

LaDawri Models Offered Models Offered Conquest: Year launched, wheelbase, track QT Quest Daytona Sebring Del Mar LaDawri Acquired Victress Manufacturing in 1961 And Added The Following Models Castilian Coupe (Victress C3 Coupe) Sicilian Coupe (Victress C2 Coupe) Cavalier (Victress S4) … Continue reading

Modern  LaDawri Articles: 2006 – Present

Modern  LaDawri  Articles: 2006 – Present In  Print Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance Program Article June 22nd, 2008 Amelia  Island  Fawns  Over  Fancy  Fiberglass Kit Car Magazine: September, 2007 LaDawri  Conquest A  Fiberglass  Sports  Car  Returns  to  Maker’s  Family San Francisco … Continue reading

LaDawri Brochures

LaDawri  Brochures Brochure  1 1957 Brochure  2 1957 Brochure  3 1961 Brochure  4 1963 LaDawri  Poster 1963 Click  Here  To  Return  to  LaDawri  Home  Page … Continue reading

LaDawri Coachcraft – Home

LaDawri  Coachcraft 1956-1965 Home  Page LaDawri  Coachcraft  History The LaDawri Conquest was designed and built by Les A. Dawes of British Columbia, Canada and is recognized as Canada’s first fiberglass sports car. The Conquest was first shown at the Pacific … Continue reading

1986: A Short History of LaDawri Coachcraft

A  Short  History  of  LaDawri  Coachcraft May,  1986 The history provided here is a summary of the work completed in the 1980’s and 1990’s by John Gulow, LaDawri Historian Emeritus.  We have continued to build on John’s work and have … Continue reading

1980, August 12: Vancouver Sun – LaDawri

One Man’s Pursuit of the LaDawri Vancouver Sun: August 12, 1980 “One Man’s Pursuit of the La Dawri” “The Vancouver Sun”, Tuesday, August 12, 1980 “Motoring” column of the “Outdoors” section Written by: Phil Hanson A couple of years ago … Continue reading

LaDawri – Home

Fiberglass Facts – Home       LaDawri – Home     History Brochures and Advertising Models Available Articles Registry Members Showcase  Miscellaneous Contact Information … Continue reading

Undiscovered Classic Cars at Major Concours

Undiscovered  Classic  Cars  at  Major  Concours 2007  to  Present 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 1952  Voodoo  Gardner Showing  With  Owners  Brian  And  Sue  Ford 2019 Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance Two Cars: 1937 Custom Cord Phaeton 1954 Frazer Custom Cigar  City  Concours  … Continue reading

Undiscovered Classic Classes at Major Concours

Undiscovered  Classic  Classes  at  Major  Concours 2007  to  Present Concours  Attended 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Amelia Island, Florida Class: 1949-1952 Sports Cars 1952 Voodoo Gardner March 8, 2020 2019 Cigar City Concours d’Elegance Tampa, Florida Class: Special Display Two … Continue reading

Undiscovered Classics: Personality Profiles

Undiscovered  Classics:  Personality  Profiles These are Personality Profiles of some of the Undiscovered Classics Team – participants, contributors and more.  This list continues to grow so check back for additions.  We’re happy to have a large and expanding “tent” that … Continue reading

Undiscovered Classics & Forgotten Fiberglass

Undiscovered  Classics  &  Forgotten  Fiberglass Review  The  History  Of  Our  Site  And  Organization The  Beginning “Undiscovered Classics” began as “Forgotten Fiberglass” with the acquisition of my 1961 Covington Tiburon Coupe.  In the spring of 2006, my friend John Bowen called … Continue reading

Concours d’Elegance Classes Created

Concours  d’Elegance  Classes  Created Overview While we’ve participated in many concours events, (click here to view the highlights of some of these events) we’ve also had the honor of working with concours founders, creators, administrators and staff to create some … Continue reading

Welcome To Undiscovered Classics

WELCOME  TO  UNDISCOVERED  CLASSICS! “We  find,  research,  restore,  show  and  sell America’s  lost  automotive  treasures“ Undiscovered Classics focuses on the history behind and the celebration of American handcrafted sports cars from the postwar era.  Largely untold, this story and these … Continue reading

Fiberglass and Aluminum Parts

FIBERGLASS  AND  ALUMINUM  PARTS As more people embrace forgotten fiberglass cars of the 1950’s, demand has increased for quality replacement parts that meet standards for restoration and concours level events.  We are pleased to offer the following reproduction parts for the … Continue reading


Fiberglass Facts – Home       LaDawri – Home     History Brochures and Advertising Models Available Articles Registry Members Showcase  Miscellaneous Contact Information LaDawri Historian Emeritus:  John Edw. Gulow   Click here for more information           … Continue reading

Valuation: American Specials: Auction Results

Valuation:  American  Specials Auction  Results Here at Undiscovered Classics we keep a keen eye on auctions as they relate to postwar handcrafted specials, and the news in the past few years has been increasingly positive.   What’s impressive is the consistently … Continue reading

Victress – Home

Victress  Manufacturing Home  Page 1952 – 1961 This section of our website is under construction as of 10/1/2019.  We will continue adding details and features over the next few months so check back and see our progress.  And….welcome to our … Continue reading

Raiders of the Lost Cars

“Raiders  of  the  Lost  Cars” The  Greatest  American  Car  Story  NEVER  Told What  People  Are  Saying… “In attempting to capture the significance and passion inherent in Undiscovered Classics, I can’t seem to shake the graphic allusion to Indiana Jones and … Continue reading

Modern Archives

Undiscovered  Classics Modern  Archives Undiscovered Classics featured in Hemmings, Old Cars Weekly, Autoweek and more.  Also includes stories authored by or about Undiscovered Classics and Undiscovered Classic cars, and Undiscovered  Classics at concours, in museums & exhibitions, on the web, … Continue reading

Concours d’Elegance and Other Events Attended

LaDawri  Appearances  At  Major  Events Events  Attended Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance 1960 LaDawri Daytona: Owners Jim and Margaret Walker August, 2013 Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance American Fiberglass Specials of the 50s 1960 LaDawri Daytona: Owners Jim and Margaret Walker … Continue reading


1956 Car  Marques  That  Started  in  1956 LaDawri  Coachcraft   One  Off  Cars   … Continue reading

George Barris

George  Barris:  Work  With  Undiscovered  Classics Custom  Car  Builder  and  Designer We’ve worked or met with George and/or his family Brett and Joji on several occasions, projects and/or exhibits as outlined below.  Latest information appears at the top of this … Continue reading

Jon Greuel

Jon  Greuel Historian  Emeritus  For  LaDawri  Coachcraft LaDawri.com (Jon Greuel and John Gulow) Vintage  Kit  Cars  Need  a  Home  on  the  Internet  Too Hemmings Motor News: May, 2007 Jon  Greuel’s  LaDawri  Conquest  In  Restoration Once Complete, It Will Be One … Continue reading

Generation 2: 1956-1969

Generation 2: 1956-1969 Generation 2 fiberglass sports cars were characterized by… Bocar Devin  Sports  Cars Kellison LaDawri  Coachcraft The Cavalier Was Launched in Vancouver, Canada in 1956 The Name Changed to Conquest and it was Launched in the USA in … Continue reading

A  Tribute  To  Rick  D’Louhy

A  Tribute  To  Rick  D’Louhy Forgotten  Fiberglass  Raconteur, Car  Show  Creator,  Historian,  Best  Friend  And  More In The Beginning Who doesn’t like a car adventure – and boy have I had one over the last 40 or so years.  But … Continue reading

Business Cards – Collect ’em All

Business Cards – Collect ’em All We’ve always viewed cars as “art” and have taken this theme to our business cards from the start. These cards are also a subtle way of creating interest in rare “Undiscovered Classics” and “Forgotten … Continue reading


2019 Click on the Following Links To Review Each Article Concours  d’Elegance  Appearances Cigar City Concours d’Elegance Two Cars: 1952 Glasspar G2 1949 Panache Sport Custom November 9-10, 2019 Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance Two Cars: 1937 Cord-Chrysler Phaeton 1954 Frazer Special … Continue reading


2012 Click on the Following Links To Review Each Article Concours  d’Elegance   Appearances Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August, 2012 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet Kirkland Concours d’Elegance September 9, 2012 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet Salisbury Concours d’Elegance September 8-9, 2012 Salisbury House & … Continue reading


2008 Click on the Following Links To Review Each Article Concours  d’Elegance   Appearances Barrington Concours d’Elegance 1956 Byers SR-100: Owner Guy Dirkin Arlington Heights, Illinois October 5, 2008 Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance 1952 Maverick Sportster: Owner Fred Roth Rochester, Michigan August … Continue reading


2007 Click on the Following Links To Review Each Article Concours  d’Elegance   Appearances Amelia  Island  Concours  d’Elegance 1957 LaDawri Conquest March 9-11, 2007 Museum,  Event  and  Exhibition  Appearances   On  The  Web LaDawri  Conquest A  Fiberglass  Sports  Car  Returns  to  … Continue reading

Dave Perry

Dave Perry Old School Restorations Born in ’42, I got my first fiberglass ‘itch ‘in 1956 when I began building my second street rod, the 47 Chevy Fastback that I got after my dad bought a new Mercury Montclair. Early, … Continue reading

People Interviewed As Part of Research

People  Interviewed  As  Part  of  Research This shows (in process) a list of the people we interviewed to learn the details and history of these cars and their companies.  This list also includes first-person histories or research written by individuals … Continue reading

Our  Story – A  Historical  Perspective

Our  Story – A  Historical  Perspective Introduction From concept cars to teardrop streamliners… From vintage race car transporters to lakesters… From race cars to sports cars… From legendary custom cars to even concept dune buggies… Geoff Hacker and his team have … Continue reading

Production Numbers

PRODUCTION  NUMBERS For the aforementioned reasons concerning the time and effort it took to complete a sports car, more – or less – of these cars were built than one might have imagined.  When looking at production numbers from the … Continue reading


THE  FORGOTTEN  FIBERGLASS  FAMILY— OUR  CONTRIBUTORS — “We’re Honored To Have So Many Passionate Contributors to the Cause – People We Consider to be Part of the Forgotten Fiberglass Family” The  Forgotten  Fiberglass  Family: Forgotten Fiberglass is much larger than … Continue reading

John Gulow

John  Gulow LaDawri  Coachcraft  Historian  Emeritus Overview From the late 1970s through the 1990s, John Gulow worked tirelessly in researching and sharing the history of LaDawri Coachcraft.  John tracked down his first LaDawri in 1978 and started compiling information in … Continue reading