Here’s another beautiful fiberglass roadster from the 1950’s – it’s missing and no information has been found save for the wonderful article that appeared in Hot Rod Magazine in 1957. This particular car was brought to my attention by good friend and researcher Will Silk – Associate Editor at Sports Car Digest (http://www.sportscardigest.com).
Here’s what Will wrote to me recently concerning his “find:”
I happened to stumble upon this when I was thumbing through the April of 1957 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. I did a few quick searches on your site, but I didn’t come up with anything directly linked to the car. I was searching as “Smith Roadster”, “Joe Smith”, and “Henry Smith”.
Just curious to know if the car is still around, and what knowledge you may have on it. It looks like a real sweet little roadster.
Thanks for having a look and offering any insight.
Associate Editor | Sports Car Digest
Looking thru my files and checking with friends revealed no new information. But 1957 is not that long ago (believe it or not) and Joe and Henry Smith – and/or their kids and families – may still be around.
So….as you read today’s story, read it as “Indiana Jones” would in putting together a plan on how to find the people and how to find the car. Who is up to the challenge? If you find the answer to this question (and perhaps the car)…..fiberglass enthusiasts across the world will celebrate.
And you will join the elite group of “fiberglass fanatics” in recanting stories of your research and find (and we’ll post the story here at Forgotten Fiberglass too!). By the way….the two pages in Hot Rod Magazine concerning this car didn’t contain an article. Instead, these pages contained detailed captions for each photo that appeared. And that’s how I’ll present the story below.
Here’s the story….have at it gang!
Roadster In Glass: (Hot Rod Magazine, April 1957)
Photos by Colin Creitz
What a great job the Smith brothers did on this roadster. It must still be around, and if so….I hope it has been cared for well. Will one of you find the car (and the brothers) and join the ranks of “fiberglass fanatics” in the near future? Only the (fiberglass) Shadow knows….
Until next time…
Glass on gang…
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