Showcase: 1956 Byers SR-100 (Guy Dirkin)

Showcase
1956  Byers  SR-100
Owner:  Guy  Dirkin,  Clermont,  Florida


20190824_114006
20190824_114006
IMG_1478
IMG_1478
IMG_1479
IMG_1479
IMG_1480
IMG_1480
IMG_1481
IMG_1481
IMG_1482
IMG_1482
IMG_1483
IMG_1483
IMG_1484
IMG_1484
IMG_1485
IMG_1485
IMG_1486
IMG_1486
IMG_1494
IMG_1494
IMG_1498
IMG_1498
IMG_1504
IMG_1504
z
z
z1
z1
z2
z2
z3
z3
z4
z4

Use  On-Screen  Arrows  To  Move  Thru  Photos


Overview

Road and Track featured a Byers SR-100 on the cover of their magazine in February, 1957. John Bond who owned Road & Track felt it represented one of the finest designs for an American sports car he had ever seen and proclaimed it “The World’s Most Beautiful Sports Car” in his feature article. This was quite an achievement for Jim Byers and this helped him launch his sports car company to greater heights.

Jim Byers got his start working on the first Victress body in 1952.  Next, he partnered with with Dick Jones to create and build the 1953 Meteor SR-1 sports car which made its debut at the 1953 Petersen Motorama at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Jones and Byers amicably separated in 1955 and each continued with their own design. Byers changed the lines of the Meteor SR-1 body by adding a kick-up over the rear fenders, and a completely new rear design. This new body was called the Byers SR-100. Within a year, Byers had designed another body called a CR-90 for a shorter wheelbase race car, and built limited number of custom one-off bodies for customers from thru 1963.

Each body was hand laid fiberglass, and several bodies were tailored to the owner’s specifications. Total production of Byers SR-100 bodies is estimated at 25. Kellison later purchased the SR-100 molds, made small changes to the design and offered a “chopper gun” version of the body for another 5-7 years with production approximately at 25.  Fiberglass Trends purchased the CR-90 molds and began producing these bodies in 1966.

John Bond, owner and publisher of Road and Track Magazine, ultimately built just one sports car during his life. He partnered with Jim Byers and built his own “Byers SR-100” Sports Roadster in 1958-1959 – a testimony to the design and craftsmanship of Jim Byers and his vision.


Amelia  Island  Concours  d’Elegance  Appearance

Amelia  Island  Concours  d’Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Award Presentation

Buddy Palumbo Award Given to Byers SR-100 at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Buddy Palumbo Award Given to Byers SR-100 at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Feature Car for Lead Article in the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Program


Background  History  Of  This  Car

Explore  The  Links  Below

Byers  SR-100 – In  1957  Road  &  Track  Magazine  Called  This
“The  Most  Beautiful  Car  In  The  World”
Silodrome – Gasoline Culture Magazine: August 29, 2019

Take A Ride With Us In Guy Dirkin’s 1956 Byers SR-100

The Cars of Amelia Island 2010: Guy Dirkin and His Byers SR-100

Restoration  Photos (includes  corner  weight  setup)


Comprehensive  Byers  Sports  Car  History


Technical  Specifications

Body
  • 1956 Byers SR-100
Designer
  • Jim Byers (influenced by Dick Jones Meteor design)
Body Work and Paint
  • Mark Nordin of Nordin Enterprises, Oak Grove, MN
Upholstery
  • Cheri O’Brian, Minnesota
Frame
  • Modified 1949 Ford – first year of Ford’s independent front suspension.  Chassis work by Dave Paulson of DRE, in Alexandria, MN
Suspension
  • Front: Independent Ford Suspension
  • Rear: 4 link with Panhard bar
Engine (make/year)
  • 1956 Chevrolet V8
Carburetion
  • Single four barrel Edelbrock carburetor (500 cfm)
Displacement
  • 265 cubic inches
Horsepower (estimated)
  • 220 horsepower, 270 foot pounds of torque
Transmission (type/year)
  • 4 speed manual, Chevrolet
Rear Axle / driveshaft
(open/closed driveshaft)
  • Live Axle: 4:11 or 3.25:1.  Open driveshaft
Wheelbase
  • 100 inches
 Track/Tread (front/rear)
(distance between center line of tires)
  • Stock 1949 Ford specs
Tire Size
  • 205 x 70 x 15  (match height of vintage race tires)
Curb Weight
  • 2050 lbs (dry weight)
Top Speed (0-60)
  • Fast
Special Features
  • Custom made Byers logo for grill (adapted from license plate frame from a 1930’s Byers car dealership (no relationship) in Ohio)
  • Custom egg crate grill – by Guy Dirkin
  • Two removable roll bars
  • Removable Fuel cell
  • PS Engineering Halibrand style racing rims
  • Quick Steer to reduce steering ratio to 2.25 turns lock to lock
  • Custom aluminum interior with aluminum seats – aluminum panels conceal side impact protection
  • Custom aluminum side vents – by Guy Dirkin

Video

Drive in Clermont, Florida in the Byers SR-100