Appreciation of cars knows no boundaries. And that has led to a great friendship with Rik Hoving – Custom Car aficionado who lives in the Netherlands. Rik is one of the best sources out there on history of custom cars in America, and maintains a website with vintage custom car photography and historical reference pieces too. Click here to visit Rik Hoving’s Custom Car websites.
I received an e-mail today from Rik discussing some custom car issues of mutual interest when he added, “Geoff – you’ve seen all the Life Magazine photos showing Darrin’s fiberglass car in ’46 – haven’t you?”
“No…” I replied, “I have seen only one photo.”
And then Rik shared “Do I have a surprise for you…”
And he did. I knew of just one photo from Life magazine that ran on December 8th, 1947 showing the Darrin car. The magazine showed just a small picture in that issue, but the picture I had found on the internet was beautiful in detail – but I only found just one photo.
Rik Hoving found 15 more. He’s simply an amazing researcher 🙂
Let’s take a look at the treasure trove of photos – the best I’ve ever seen of the 1946 Darrin car – one of the first postwar fiberglass cars produced anywhere in the world. The photos were taken by Allan Grant on January 1st 1947 – nearly a year before the single photo appeared in Life Magazine shown above.
Life Magazine 1946 Darrin Car:
Allan Grant Photos: Taken on January 1st, 1947
One Photo Appeared in December 8th 1947 Life Magazine
The story of Darrin and his postwar fiberglass cars is a great story to review and we’re continuing to write it today. Be sure to click on the link below to checkout all stories concerning Howard “Dutch” Darrin, his designs, cars, and concepts. Dutch was the consummate designer.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
Update: 10/30/2011: The Darrin family confirmed that the gentleman in the car in the pictures above is “Bob Darrin” – Dutch Darrin’s oldest son.
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