Tuesday, February 5, 2013

North America's First Sport Cars

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

General Motors

1951 Buick Lesabre

1954 Pontiac Strato Streak

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1953 Corvette

1954 Corvette

1960 Corvette

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

Source: Internet