Friday, March 16, 2012

1953 Kaiser Darrin

During September 1952, Kaiser announces the project of a light two-seater sports car fitted with a fibreglass body. First prototypes are exhibited from February 1953, but no production starts during this model year. Easily recognizable as another brainchild of designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin, the KF-161 prototype features radical ideas, such as doors that slide forward into the long front wings. Provided by Willys, its engine is a specially modified L-head six fed by three carburettors.

Kaiser KF-161 Darrin
● Introduction: February 1953 as a prototype. Construction: fibreglass body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled inline six, 2.6-litre, 100 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 465 cm. Top speed: n/a. Range: two-door sports convertible.

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