Sport Customs

SPORT  CUSTOMS

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1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet: Owner: Geoffrey Hacker


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What Is A Sport Custom?

The term “Sport Custom” was first used by Dan Post in a series of books on American custom cars starting in 1944 (click here to learn more about Dan Post Publications).  In his writings, Post reviewed the history on how these cars came to be and provided examples of sport custom cars.  Over time, the definition has been refined and generally includes these points:

  • Most sport customs were designed and built in California
  • Sport Custom cars utilized a two-seat design; many with no trunk; some with one or no doors
  • The Southern California temperate weather allowed few sports custom cars to be built with tops.  Most had no tops; others used tonneau (cockpit) covers
  • Most sport customs were designed with a wheelbase of greater than 99″.  The standard American sports cars mostly used a 99″ wheelbase and smaller ones often a 94″ wheelbase.  A typical sport custom car had a wheelbase of greater than 110 inches.
  • Sport custom cars were “sporty” and mean to be performance driven – up to a point.  Unlike sports cars, luxury and appointments in the interior, exterior and other facets of the car (engine compartment, trunk, storage compartment and other) were meant to be finished at a higher level as well with a sense of design.
  • Because of the balance of performance and luxury, Sport Custom Cars are also referred to now – and in-period – as “American Boulevard Cruisers”

Fiberglass  Car  History  And  Marques

Generations 0 thru 4 (1930 to Present)
All Fiberglass Sports Car Marques By Year

Fiberglass  History  Timeline
Explore the Milestones of Using Fiberglass For Automobile Bodies – And More

The  Fiberglass  Story:  History  of  Fiberglass  in  America
Author: Michael Lamm
Invention & Technology: Spring, 2007


Sport  Custom  Fact:  Did  You  Know…

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The  Best  of  Designs,  History,  Innovation  and  Importance
Handcrafted  Cars  That  Have  Stood  The  Test  Of  Time


Production  Numbers

Production  Numbers
Learn  More  About  Bodies  Created,  Cars  Produced  And  More


Photography  And  Visual  Impact

Sport Custom Photos
Rare and Beautiful Sports Car Specials For All To See

Sport  Custom  Magazine  Cover  Cars
American  Specials  Featured  On  Magazine  Covers


Sport  Custom  Fact:  Did  You  Know…

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Vintage  “Build”  And  Instruction  Manuals

Vintage  “Build”  And  Instruction  Manuals
Learn How Glasspar, Lancer, Victress, Woodill and Others Built Their Cars


Restoration  Guide

Restoration  Guide  For  American  Specials
So you’ve got a “Special” and want to restore it?  At Undiscovered Classics, we think it’s “Special” too.  Here are some guidelines to help you through the process.


Important  Articles  To  Read

The  Emergence  Of  The  American  Postwar  Sports  Car
The Great American Car Story NEVER Told
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Program: March, 2015

Affordable Style
The Short, Sweet Life of the American Sport Custom
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Program: 2012

Forgotten  Fiberglass
American Sports Car Specials
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Program: March, 2010

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Undiscovered  Classics  Vintage  Article  And  Media  Archive:
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Sports  Specials
Old Cars Price Guide: Winter, 1983
One of the Earliest Publications That Discusses Value

America’s Boulevard Sports Cars: Jim Potter’s Thoughts
Motor Life: July, 1956

Sport Customs – Ray Scroggins

Sport Customs – John Gunnel

Sport Customs – Ed Almquist

Sport Customs – Ken Gross – Pebble Beach, 2012

 


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