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Byers  Sports  Car  History


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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.


Byers SR-100 Rendering: Dan Palatnik, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Background  Information
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Vintage  and  Modern  Byers  Sports  Car  Articles

Byers  Sports  Car  Brochures

Byers  Advertising

SR-100  Specifications

CR-90 /  CR-90S  Specifications

Byers  Custom  Bodies – Fairchild  Panhard
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Original  Byers  Communication
The  Rollie  Langston  Collection

Vintage  Byers  Photography
Vintage  Collections  of  Historic  Photos

Byers  Sports  Car  Artwork
Dan  Palatnik  Artistry

Byers  Blueprints  and  Wireframes  /  Cutaways
Provided  to  Builders  By  Byers  To  Assist  Their  Builds

Jim  Byers  Boats


Byers  Sports  Car  Book  (1955 – 1967)
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Byers  Sports  Car  Showcase  and  Registry
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Guy  Dirkin’s  1956  Byers  SR-100

Geordie  Prodis’  1955  Byers  SR-100
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John  Furlow’s  1957  Byers  SR-100
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George  McGuire’s  1957  Byers  SR-100
“The  John  Bond  Byers”
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View  Byers  Sports  Car  Registry (SR-100 & CR-90)


Visit  The  Complete  Forgotten  Fiberglass  Showcase


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Contributors  To  This  History

We’re proud to release this newly created section of Undiscovered Classics that focuses on the history of the Byers Sports cars.  Our research into this marque started in 2007, and took the help of many to complete.  This help came from Byers owners such as Guy Dirkin, Geordie Prodis, John Furlow, Phil Fleming, Dave Petersen, Barry Hall, George McGuire, Cal Johnson, Leon Mull, Jim Weissenborn and others.

Our research also involved individuals who worked with Jim Byers, knew Jim Byers, built their cars and other historical relationships such as Rollie Langston, Frank (employee/friend) and Marge Tifft, Margaret Tifft, Tim Chrisman, Erich Schultz, Merrill Powell (Victress), Joe Kane, Harry King, John “Bat” Masterson, Ron Cummings, Dick Jones (Meteor), Rodger Gregerson, Gary Osko, Denny Larson, Bill and Ed Fort, Rory Reinbold, Ron Kellogg, Doug Winther, Julie Fields, Ron Berri and others. 

Compiling the history on Byers Sports Cars was the work of many, and we’re indebted to those on the list above and others too for helping to make this happen.  Great thanks to all.

Geoffrey  Hacker
Undiscovered  Classics
June,  2020