We think about Bill Devin offering the greatest amount of bodies for any fiberglass sports car manufacturer of its era. They offered 27 different body sizes for various chassis, engine, and drivetrain combinations. That’s quite a bit – isn’t it?
But it doesn’t compare to the variety offered by La Dawri Coachcraft. Devin offered many sizes of one body style. La Dawri offered differences in both style and sizes. Remember…they were buying companies like Victress and purchasing or leasing molds made by individuals such as Jim Webb and his Savage. Les and Joan Dawes wanted to be the heavyweights of fiberglass, and for a time they were. No one company of its time offered a wider variety of body styles than La Dawri Coachcraft of California.
Let’s tally what they did and you can see for yourself what they offered in ’63:
- Quest QT
- Del Mar
- Castilian (Victress C3)
- Sicilian (Victress C2)
- Cavalier (Victress S4)
- Centurian 21 (Jim Webb’s Savage)
- Vixen: (Victress S1A)
- Cheetah (Victress S5)
- Formula Jr (Victress Dragster)
- T-Lightful: Model T fiberglass body
- Firestar Mark II (leased)
Eight distinctly different designs all offered in fiberglass – with some offered in different sizes (different names in the above list denote different sized cars too). Pretty impressive job for a young couple and young company to produce. By 1963, their company was 7 years old and still expanding. Let’s see what their ’63 catalog had to offer their customers of this era:
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Away we go!
La Dawri Coachcraft Catalog: 1963
Be sure to click on each of the pictures of the catalog above and read the detail.
Did you know Les Dawes started a club called “The La Dawri Custom Sports Car Builders Association?” It’s shown on page 22 of the catalog above, and is just one of many fascinating tidbits of information that await each of you as you delve into the pages – and history – of La Dawri Coachcraft and their 1963 Catalog.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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