Fiberglass Buyers Guide (Car Craft, March 1956): Part 3 – The Bangert “Manta Ray” Roadster

Hi Gang…

This is our third in a series of “spotlights” on sections of a Buyer’s Guide for fiberglass sports cars published by Car Craft in March, 1956.  Click on the link below to review all fiberglass cars discussed in this 1956 Buyer’s Guide as of today:

Click here to review all articles published on the Car Craft, March 1956 Buyer’s Guide

Today’s article focuses on the Bangert Manta Ray Sports Car designed by Noel Bangert (Marshall) and debuted in 1955 in Hollywood, California.

Background: Bangert Sports Cars

Noel Bangert was an interesting guy.  I had a chance to get to know him over several years, and he went on to great acclaim in Hollywood as an Executive Producer and more – later in life.  We’ll discuss Noel in detail in future stories.  In the mid 1950’s, though, he was all about designing the next great sports car for people across the world to build.

Noel had released his first car called “The Stag” in 1954.  This Buyer’s Guide shows his second effort, which originally debuted in the summer of 1955.  This second design drew on the initial design of the Stag, but took it several steps further.  This second car was inspired by the 1954 Buick showcar “The Wildcat II” which was an open-fendered fiberglass sport car that dazzled folks across the country in Motorama shows and magazine publicity.  Noel wanted everyone to be able to drive a car as stylish as a concept car, and he was going to make it happen with his new “Manta Ray” design.

So…enjoy this segment of Car Craft’s 1956 Fiberglass Buyers Guide and be on the lookout for the next Bangert Manta Ray hiding out there.  Just 4-5 have been found, and your efforts could make you the next lucky owner.

Go get ‘em gang!

Car Craft (March 1956): The Bangert “Manta Ray” Roadster


Car Craft (March 1956)
Bangert “Manta Ray” Roadster
  • 96 to 104 inches
  • 56 to 58 inches
Overall Length
  • 161 inches
Overall Width
  • 70 inches
Overall Height At Cowl
  • 36.5  inches
One Piece Body Shell
  • $495.00
Two different frames and other accessories are available also
For additional information, write: Bangert Enterprises
3515 Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood 28, California
Hollywood 4-9482


Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…

Glass on gang…



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