First I thought this was a Byers SR-100. Then….a modified Meteor SR-1. But…in consulting with Erich Schultz and Guy Dirkin, we now think it’s a one-off body either pulled and modified from another sports car or cast uniquely – most likely in Mexico. There are just two photos of it and a short article. Let’s see what the article had to say.
Motor Life: April, 1958
The Italian-looking machine displayed on this page actually is based upon U.S. production components (largely Ford) and is the dream of Juan Lerdo de Tejada, a grandson of a former president of Mexico. The chassis originated as a competition special, built by an American resident in Mexico, which was taken over by the present owner who supplied many major refinements including the plastic body.
The engine is a Mercury of unknown vintage, bored out to 310 cubic inches and using 9.5-to-1 compression ratio and three Holley carburetors. Just about everything else in the power train and running gear is Ford. Inspiration for the front fenders is 1951 Studebaker, the rear section and headrest is derived from Austin-Healey, while the overall concept is Ferrari. Builders of U.S. specials could learn much from this one.
So where is this car today? No one has seen it since the article was posted in 1958. Perhaps one of you will use the information in this article to find its current location. And if you do…we’d love to run your “find” as a future story here on “Forgotten Fiberglass.”
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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