Showcase: 1958 Strother MacMinn’s LeMans Coupe

Strother  MacMinn’s  LeMans  Coupe

1958  LeMans  Coupe

—  The  Most  Exciting  Sports  Car  Design  Constructed  In  The  USA  In  Years —
Robert  Cumberford:  SCG  Magazine,  March  1960

No other “Special” of the 1950s captured the imagination of the public as the design, build and debut of Strother MacMinn and John Bond’s LeMans Coupe.  Bond created the “challenge” and designed the chassis; MacMinn conceived the body.  Considering the concept was penned and published in 1958, the styling was futuristic, the goal was lofty and the challenge was inspirational.

The design originated in a series of articles which were focused on creating a race car that could win the LeMans race in Europe.  The challenge in the articles was to “America.”  They encouraged individuals and teams to embrace their project and build a car.  One team created designs for the chassis while the legendary stylist and Art Center instructor, Strother MacMinn, designed the body.  MacMinn later extended the designs in his 1959 book “Sports Cars of the Future” to include several versions of the LeMans Coupe that encompassed race and sports cars.

“The Most Exciting Sports Car Design Constructed in the USA in Years”

Although no versions of the race car were ultimately built, several versions of the sports car using MacMinn’s design were finished.  And as Robert Cumberford, designer, stylist and author put it in his 1960 article for Sports Car Guide (SCG) magazine, the finished sports car wa“The most exciting sports car design constructed in the USA in years.”

Only seven known bodies were built and four versions of the car were finished – just one of these four finished cars is known to exist today.  Dennis Kazmerowski is the first person in over sixty years to take on the task of completing a MacMinn LeMans Coupe.  He’s doing this with one of the three unfinished cars.  His LeMans Coupe is well on its way to being finished and made its mid-restoration debut in the General Motors Design Dome at the 2022 “Eyes on Design” celebration of cars in Detroit, Michigan.  Photos of the car at the event are shown above and below.

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Where  Can  I  See  The  LeMans  Coupe?

Next  Showing:  GM  Design  Dome:  Saturday  June  18, 2022
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LeMans  Coupe  Teams  And  Their  Cars

Two  Teams;  Four  Finished  Cars, Three  Projects / Bodies
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Articles  About  The  LeMans  Coupe

Vintage  Articles
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Modern  Articles
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Bob  Gurr  Collection
LeMans  Art  and  Coupe  Styling  Model

Strother  MacMinn’s  LeMans  Coupe  Styling  Model
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Strother  MacMinn  Original  Drawings
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Bob  Gurr  Interview  (Focus  on  Mac  and  the  LeMans  Coupe)
Automobile  Designer,  Original  Disney  Imagineer,  Best  Friend  to  “Mac”  and  More
Undiscovered  Classics:  June  19,  2022

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An  Interview  With  Bob  Gurr – Making  Dreams  Come  True
Dean’s  Garage:  June  15,  2010
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Drawings,  Artwork  and  Blueprints

Strother  MacMinn  Drawings
From  Books  and  Articles

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Dan  Palatnik  Renderings
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LeMans  Coupe  Blueprints
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LeMans  Coupe  Handouts  For  Shows
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Interview,  Quotes  and  Memories

What  Do  People  Remember?  What  Do  People  Think?
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Learn  More  About  Strother  MacMinn
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Learn  More  About  John  Bond
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LeMans  Coupe  Build / Restoration 1
Owner:  Dennis  Kazmerowski
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America’s  Challenge:  Strother  MacMinn’s  LeMans  Coupe
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