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1954 Kaiser-Darrin

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

Interested in a rare piece of American sports car history? Only 435 of these Kaiser-Darrins were made during just one year of production. So you probably won’t see another at your local drive-in.  And those sliding doors will surely get your neighbors’ attention faster than any big-block powered finned Chevy.

The car has just 22,000 original miles, although it has been given a total restoration.  It was completed in time to be awarded the 1997 Kaiser Frazer Owners Club National Meet’s Gold, which is their highest level.  With the help of the Kaiser Frazer Owner Club International, the seller says he was able to contain the restoration to faithfully and accurately represent an original.

More recently, the car won the Palmetto award at the 2010 Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance—something the seller says is a testament to the quality of the restoration and the care the car has received in the meantime.  As should be expected with a car the seller calls “an investment grade collector car,” it appears to be completely polished from tip to tail. It also comes with a removable hard top, which the seller thinks could be one of just eight factory units built.

Darrins are hard to find, but they do pop up on eBay from time to time. Sales from eBay Motors have averaged $52k to $59k for good to excellent examples, although the market puts a premium on low mileage cars in excellent condition. Click here to see this one’s listing.

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