Look at how the CRV was introduced to the public in 1965 on the inside of their fabulous press kit / investor brochure:
CRV: Cycolac Research Vehicle
“Rarely have potentialities of a material been put to more extensive application. The CRV (Cycolac Research Vehicle) was conceived as a unique automobile, preserving the integrity of material and functional relationships through the use of a versatile engineering thermoplastic – Marbon’s Cycolac ABS.
Designed by William M. Schmidt Associates as a two piece “clamshell,” the CRV utilizes the horizontal body juncture as a structural section for bumpers and body rigidity, as well as a strong appearance element.
For the first time, a production automobile has been conceived to include exterior body, interior shell, bucket seats, arm rests, console, instrument panel, door jam, and glazing ledge all in one integrally formed part. The lower body includes exterior body shell, complete underpan, wheel openings and inner wheel wells.
In addition, the Cycolac ABS was employed for chromed trim parts, including the bumpers. Not since the early days of the auto industry has a material been so adaptable to the capabilities of the designer and auto builder.”
Let’s take a look at the brochure – all 16 pages. Most of the illustrations are a work of art – so be prepared to enjoy 🙂
CRV Brochure: 1965
Today’s story is a result of the interest of Jim Simpson of Simpson Designs (http://www.simpsondesign.net/). Jim recently expressed an interest in learning more about this beautifully designed car, and I have to warn him as follows… Jim, we have alot more history and “print pieces” to share with you about the CRV so get ready to have your breath taken away…
Appreciation is also extended to Raffi Minasian who first made this brochure available for scanning and later archival purposes here at Forgotten Fiberglass. Thanks Raffi! And for those of you who wish to learn more about this very special “plastic” and later “fiberglass” sports car, click here to visit Nick Whitlow’s, CRV historian’s website – the best source available for a full history on these cars.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…