Recently I was contacted by Joe Noska about my post on July 17, 2012 about the Kaiser-Darrin, the first American fiberglass bodied production car. Joe’s grandfather, Donald Noska was a personal friend of “Dutch” Darrin and was a major collector of Kaiser-Darrin cars as well as Kaiser-Darrin paraphernalia.
Joe Noska sent me copies of some of the information that he has from his grandfather about the Kaiser-Darrin. In the image below check out the personal note to Don Noska from Dutch Darrin written in the banner.
Personal Note From Dutch Darrin to Don Noska
The other thing that I noticed about the banner is that it refers to the car as the Darrin-Kaiser, while I have always referred to this car with the names reversed – Kaiser-Darrin. At this time, I am going to continue to refer to this car as the Kaiser-Darrin as this seems to have been the name adopted by the general public.
The picture below would appear to be an early photo of a Kaiser-Darrin that was under consideration for a press release or advertising campaign.
Early Photo Of A Kaiser-Darrin
The Kaiser Henry J posters shown on the wall in the photo below would indicate that the Kaiser-Darrin was sitting on a showroom floor at a Kaiser dealership.
Photo Of A Kaiser-Darrin On A Showroom Floor
For details of the Kaiser-Darrin please refer to my initial post on July 17, 2012. I have included some additional photos that I have of the same Kaiser-Darrin car shown in my initial post.
Both the historical picture above and the my picture below show the most striking design feature of the Kaiser-Darrin car – the sliding doors.
This Particular Car Had Folding Landau-Type Roof
The Rear End Design Is Rather Simple
The Sliding Door Is Very Eye Catching
The Instrument Cluster Is Quite Attractive
Joe Noska provided the fanciful advertising image below of the Kaiser-Darrin with a Parisienne background.
The Official Model Name Of This Car Is The DKF-161
This particular car has had an engine transplant, so it now features an American Motors 304 cubic inch V8 engine.
The Kaiser-Darrin Had A Very Distinctive Front Grille Design
Below are images of a February 1953 press release about the forthcoming model DKF-161, car.
Page 2 of this press release is shown below.
I want to thank Joe Noska for sharing some of the information that he has on this very interesting car.