Good friend and Jaguar historian Terry McGrath from Australia sent in this article last year – something that was completely new to me and should be exciting to see for you Glasspar G2 fans out there. And what makes this more exciting to read is the fact it was written and photographed by the legendary “moooneyes” himself – Dean Moon.
Let’s check out what Terry found in a 1953 edition of Rod and Custom about one of our favorite glass cars – the Glasspar G2 sports car by Bill Tritt.
A Doctor and His Partner Combine Their Talents To Produce This…
Photos And Text By Dean Moon
Ever since the end of the war, the sports car craze has been growing, slowly at first, then by leaps and bounds. Not to be outdone by the invasion of foreign cars, many Americans have entered the field, building anything from accessories for foreign cars to completely American creations.
While the great percentage of some of the smaller companies have died as quickly as they were born, a good many have caused themselves to become nationally recognized. One of these manufacturing companies is Glasspar of Orange, California. Their production of fiberglass bodies is on the continual increase. Their bodies are suited for almost any American chassis, with a few modifications, of course.
The car pictured here was built by Dr. J. T. Allen and Virgil Blewett, both of Whittier, California. They purchased the body from Glasspar for the sum of $700. A body, of course, is not much good unless it is mounted on a chassis so a trip to a wrecking yard was in order.
After considering many possibilities, the partners trucked home a burned out 1950 Studebaker Champion with a 6 cylinder engine. Since the bodies are designed to have a short wheelbase, it was necessary to eliminate twelve inches of the Studebaker frame. To aid handling qualities, the engine was moved rearward nine inches. This, together with the amount cut from the frame, eliminated the forward 21” section of the two-piece Studebaker driveshaft.
Although the new body severely cut down on the weight of the car, it was decided to work over the engine to provide additional acceleration and general performance. Modifications to the 6 include:
- Jahns pistons
- Edmunnds head and manifold
- Dual Carter carburetors
- Mallory ignition
Needless to say, the Glasspar-Stude really steps out.
As do many doctors, Dr. Allen has a Cadillac of recent vintage for his outside calls. However, now that the newly built “gem” is completed, the Cad is gathering dust in the garage. Since this light, easily driven car requires only minimum effort to part, the Doctor uses it almost exclusively.
Great thanks to Terry McGrath for sending in this excellent article.
With around 70+ Glasspar G2 sports cars accounted for in the Rodney Packwood Glasspar Registry, we should be able to figure out who has the G2 with a bit of research. And..anyone out there want to help locate the families involved – Dr. J. T. Allen and Virgil Blewett, both of Whittier, California? No doubt they may have some photos, film, and perhaps….the car itself 🙂
Let me know who’s interested in a bit of car research himself (or herself). It’s always a fun road to travel.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.