Showcase: 1952 Victress S1

1954  Victress  S1 – Motor  Trend  Victress
Owner:  Guy  Dirkin,  Clermont,  Florida

Trend Inc., Building: Circa 1954

History of This Car

When Fred Bodley started building his Victress in 1953, little did he know that it would ultimately represent the best of what American handcrafted cars were meant to be in the early postwar years.  And this car and its history was nearly lost – save for a few lucky opportunities of chance.

Victress S1 roadsters were beautiful sports cars and with Trend Publishing headquarters located close to where the cars were manufactured, Bodley had easy access to learn more.  In 1953 a Victress sports car set the world speed record at just over 200 mph at Bonneville, giving Victress the chance to advertise their car as “America’s fastest sports car body.”  Perhaps it was for this reason that he chose this body for his sports car.

You had many engine choices in 1953, but the most popular engine for American sports cars at the time was a Ford V8 Flathead – a fact nearly lost to time.


Technical  Specifications

Build Dates







Vintage  Photos  Showing  Victress  Inside  Building / Showroom

Modern  Photos

Articles To Read

Sports  Cars  Displayed  In  The  First  Building  of  Trend  Inc.
Undiscovered Classics:  Coming Soon

Bob  Petersen  and  the  Start  of  Hot  Rod  Magazine
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Insider: 2019

The  Petersen  Photo  Archives
Rodder’s  Journal:  Winter,  2017

Corvette  In  The  Barn
The Lost Motor Trend Victress Special
Story Author: Guy Dirkin
Tom Cotter: Published 2010

The  “Rise”  of  the  The  Lost  Motor  Trend  Victress
Undiscovered Classics:  February 4, 2010

Saving  the  “Motor  Trend  Victress  Special”
Undiscovered Classics:  November 29, 2009

Victress:  Fred  Bodley,  Memoriam
Motor  Trend,  1955

Additional  Information

Click  Here  To  Learn  More  about  Victress  Sports  Cars

Click  Here  To  Read  More  Stories  About  the  Motor  Trend  Victress






Victress  Advertisements: 1955

Motor Trend Magazine: December, 1955

Motor Trend: April, 1955

Chuck  Glover  Remembers
Chuck Was….Worked for Motor Trend



Audio  Interviews

Bob D’Olivio

Donovan Fell

Jim Sitz

Chuck Glover

Victress  Brochure:  1955
Featuring  Fred  Bodley’s  Victress  S1A  Roadster

Click  Here  To  View  1955  Victress  Brochure
Three  Photos  Of  Car  Shown  Inside  Brochure

Who  Was  Fred  Bodley

Auto Speed and Sport:  August, 1952

How  Car  Was  Found  And  Research  Came  Together


Restoration  Videos