1952 Glasspar G2
Design By Bill Tritt
Owners: Brian and Sue Ford, Christchurch, New Zealand
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History of This Car
The Glasspar G2 is considered by many to be America’s first fiberglass sports car. The G2 prototype was designed and built by Bill Tritt owner of Glasspar boats for Ken Brooks who wanted a fiberglass sports car which was approximately the size and shape of a Jaguar XK120.
Tritt finished his design and build of his first G2 in June, 1951 and it went on to debut at the November, 1951 Petersen Motorama in Los Angeles, California. But Glasspar was a leader. They sold a few complete cars but the remaining sales were to individuals or small companies that built their own sports cars using the Glasspar body. This approached influenced other manufacturers of the day and names such as Lancer, Woodill Wildfire, Victress, Allied, Meteor and many other “Undiscovered Classics” sports cars came to fruition.
Back in the 50s, fiberglass was the “carbon-fiber” of its day. People flocked to car shows to see sports cars built from this material – and Detroit noticed. By 1953 GM had brought the fiberglass bodied Corvette to market and early in 1954 Kaiser brought the fiberglass Kaiser Darrin sports car out too. Produced from 1951 to 1955, approximately 100 Glasspar G2 sports cars were built and few restored examples remain.
This 1952 Glasspar G2 was restored by our Undiscovered Classics Team for Brian and Sue Ford of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Glasspar “World of Wheels”
1954 Trading Card
Story: 1952 Glasspar G2 to Appear at the Cigar City Concours d’Elegance in Tampa, Florida
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Cigar City Concours d’Elegance
Tampa, Florida: November, 2019