Over the last several years, those of you who have been restoring Victress S1, S5, S4, C2, and C3 cars have asked about the types of hinges that Victress used on their cars. Ask and you shall receive 🙂
Recently, we acquired a Victress S1 in need of restoration, and this afforded us the perfect opportunity to show stock Victress hinges for the doors, hood, and trunk. As Merrill Powell, co-owner of Victress from 1953-1961 recently told me, these were designed by Doc Boyce-Smith and cast in aluminum by a company in the Los Angeles, California area – exclusively for Victress.
Let’s see what each of these look like in detail.
Victress Door Hinges:
Victress Manufacturing made a door hinge that could be used on both sides of the car. These were two piece hinges that worked nicely on both sides. You just had to flip the piece that mounted on the inner fender body so that the curvature was correct for each installation. See photos below.
Victress Hood and Trunk Hinges:
Victress cast a one piece hinge that was used in “pairs” for both the trunk and hood. Victress foreman, Bill Quirk, shared with me that they also fiberglassed in a piece of angle iron – “L-shaped” – with a hole that allowed the hinge to be connected underneath. You can see these in the photos below and above.
So today was just a bit of information for you Victress owners out there. Perhaps we can get some of our Victress Veterans such as Merrill Powell, Bill Quirk, and Mel Keys to share a bit more what they remember. Any and all detail is excellent so let us know your thoughts 🙂
In the future, we’ll share photos of how Victress headlights were mounted in the body along with a complete Victress windshield – and one taken apart. We’ll also share similar stories on Glasspar G2 sports cars, Woodill Wildfires, and Allied/Atlas sports cars – any and all fiberglass sports car marques which used unique parts to complete their cars.
These are the parts that restorers want to look for and use as they bring their objects of restoration into the fold of restored cars across the world.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.