The year was 1949 and the troops were home from the war in Europe.
The North American auto manufactures of the day noticed that a number of these service men brought something with them. Something that would turn heads.
It was a small two passenger car that was referred to as "SPORTS CARS"
The automobile industry took serious note of this and would never be the same again.
There was a scramble by the North American auto manufactures to get their own version of a "sports car" into production.
General Motors used existing parts from the Chevrolet and a fiberglass body to come up with the Corvette.
Ford built the Thunderbird, which also used existing parts, and Chrysler was going to build a completely new car but never completed the project.
The seven manufactures that were attempting to bring a sports car into production.
Some of these were more successful then others.
1953 Muntz Jet
I would suspect that many of you have never heard of the Muntz Jet. It was built by Earl "Madman Muntz" was an extremely successful used car salesman in California who became famous for his showmanship-like promotion of cars and the electronics products produced and sold..
The Jet was Muntz's answer to the sports cars that were coming onto the scene in the
early 1950's. This car is listed with Hyman Ltd.
1941 Chrysler Newport
1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car
1955 Ford Thunderbird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
1957 Ford Thunderbird
1958 Ford Thunderbird
1959 Ford Thunderbird
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang 289 with Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey
1965 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Hertz Fastback
1967 Ford Mustang
1969 Ford Mustang 390 GT Sports Roof
1951 Buick Lesabre
1954 Pontiac Strato Streak
1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT Concept Car
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza SS Roadster Concept Car
1954 Hudson Italia
1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster
1951 Nash Healey
1952 Nash Healey
1953 Nash Healey
1954 Nash Metropolitan
1957 Nash Rambler Palm Beach
1958 Nash AMC Metropolitan
1959 Nash AMC Metropolitan
1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner
1955 Studebaker Champion Coupe
1955 Studebaker President Speedster
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk
1958 Studebaker Silver Hawk
1960 Studebaker Silver Hawk
1949 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster
1950 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster
1951 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster
1952 Crosley Super Sport
The Woodill Wildfire, 1952 - 1958
1952 Woodill Wildfire with Woody Woodill
1953 Woodill Wildfire
1953 Woodill Wildfire
1954 Woodill Wildfire XK120
956 Woodill Wildfire Kamm Tail