Motor Trend Magazine was so impressed by the success of fiberglass sports cars and the excitement over them that by late ’53 they featured a 6 page article featuring 7 different fiberglass cars you could purchase or build yourself. They opened the article with the following introduction:
“Fiberglass, until so few months ago big news merely because it existed at all, has now obviously made the grade. On these pages, Motor Trend brings you the latest designs in this versatile material.”
Today’s article is the second in a series that presented these cars to a ready, willing, and excited worldwide public.
Motor Trend dedicated a full page or more to each of the cars presented in this article. Today’s article is on the second one they presented – the Detroiter by Ray Russell
And away we go…
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International Success: The Detroiter
Motor Trend, October 1953
From the Great Lakes to the Pacific to the North Sea, Fiberglass Has Become the Favorite of these Designers
The Detroiter, newest baby of the Detroit Accessories Company of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is a fairly conservative car. Ray Russell, its designer, planned it “to stay in style for a number of years.”
Through the pilot model shown here was built on a specially shortened Cadillac chassis, production bodies will be primarily for ’52-’53 Ford chassis, which they will fit with no tailoring. Furthermore, an astonishing number of standard Ford parts (glass, windshield frame, dash panel, floor mats, etc.) are used in the car.
This is our first story on “The Detroiter” designed and built by Ray Russell of Michigan. I look forward to sharing more about this car in future articles here at Forgotten Fiberglass 😉
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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