The Kaiser Darrin was an American sports car, the Kaiser- Frazer Corporation in Willow Run, Michigan, in November 1953 brought out as " Model 1954". Constructs the vehicle had Howard "Dutch " Darrin. On February 22, 1953.
The 2-door, 2- seater convertible in pontoon had one of the first cars ever a body made of glass fiber reinforced plastic. The frame came from the Henry J. The doors were constructed as sliding doors and could be open to the front drive into the front fenders. The relatively small grille had mounted the wedged-shaped and was with the top down. The tin roof could be locked in three positions.
The car had a front longitudinally mounted six-cylinder in-line engine with change control 2639 cc and 90 hp ( 66 kW) at 4.200/min. , The daughter company of Kaiser- Frazer, Willys -Overland zulieferte. Via a manual three-speed gearbox, the engine power was transmitted to the rear wheels.
Already in mid- 1954, the production was discontinued. From the Type 161 only 435 pieces were manufactured.
Kaiser Darrin offered on the setting of only a short time presented Howard Darrin this vehicle in a modified form on your own here.
Instead of a convertible, the new Darrin was a two - seater coupe. The remarkable door mechanism - an invention by Howard Darrin from 1922 - was retained. Then, instead of the somewhat feeble Willys engine, the V8 in the Cadillac Eldorado was used. The above- controlled machine had a displacement of 5426 cc and developed 270 hp ( 198.5 kW) at 4,600 rpm.
The following year, the otherwise unchanged Darrin received the 1956 Eldorado V8 engine with 5981 cc and 305 hp ( 224 kW) at 4.700/min.
Also in this year came just a new engine, again the Cadillac Eldorado. He had continued to 5981 cc capacity, but developed 325 hp ( 239 kW) at 4800 rpm.
In the last year of production again a stronger Eldorado engine was used. With an unchanged displacement, this was now powered by 335 hp (246 kW) at 4800 rpm.
After four years, the 50 bodies that Darrin had purchased from Kaiser Willys sold. To ensure that production had ended.
- Gunnell, John ( Editor): Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975, 4th edition, Krause Publications, Inc., Iola (Wisconsin ) (2002 ), ISBN 0-87349 - 461- X
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