Note: This is the second of a two-part story on Byers, Kellison, and Fiberglass Trends.
Today’s contribution is possible through the generosity of good friend Ed Almquist of Milford, Pennsylvania.
Rick D’Louhy and I had a chance to stop by and visit with Ed and his wife Marion several years ago. During our visit, we reviewed his scrapbook on his fiberglass cars and projects of the era. Stuck in with the wonderful memorabilia was a “Fiberglass Trends” catalog. This turned out to be a much more important find than we knew at the time.
While on the cover of the Fiberglass Trends catalog was a wonderful Cheetah that you could purchase, on page two was none other than a Byers CR-90 available for purchase. Jim Byers legacy lived on – but in a completely new company to Rick and I – Fiberglass Trends. Wow!
Here’s what we found in that catalog:
Fiberglass Trends Catalog:
Thoughts on the Catalog:
The newest date in the catalog is ’66 so at best it was printed and distributed in ’66 or ’67. This puts this at the same timeframe that we identified Byers divesting himself of both molds or supporting transfer to Kellison. See part 1 of this story for more information.
Until recently, we thought that Kellison produced the Byers SR100 and Fiberglass Trends produced the CR90. This pointed to Jim Byers divesting himself of both molds at approximately the same time to two companies. With the earlier research now showing Kellison offering both the SR100 and the Byers CR90 – things have gotten a bit more interesting 🙂
Either both companies offered the CR90 body (Kellison and Fiberglass Trends) or Kellison ceased production of the CR90 body and Fiberglass Trends picked it up soon thereafter (’66 or ’67). More research and data gathering is needed to pinpoint whether two companies produced the CR90 bodies simultaneously or whether Kellison first produced it followed by Fiberglass Trends shortly thereafter.
Time will tell.
Oh…and for you “Cheetah” fans out there, here’s the sales information printed within the Fiberglass Trends catalog.
So now you have “the rest of the story” about Fiberglass Trends and how it relates to both Byers and Kellison. Research continues and we hope to nail down even more information about the legacy of Jim Byers’ beautifully built “CR90 body.”
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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