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1953 Glasspar G2

In 1947, Bill Tritt founded Glasspar, a company whose original intent was to build fiberglass boats, but two years later, he designed a car which had several claims to fame. The 1953 Glasspar G2 was introduced following its completion in 1951. Only 100 units were produced (though some claim as many as 200 were built), and they were sold mostly as kits. About 10 were actually factory built and completed there. Today, only 29 of these special cars are known to exist.* One of those has made a nice addition o the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection.

Loss Of A Legend

The automotive world is mourning the loss of a great innovator today, after news of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s death broke yesterday. He was 76. Best known for designing the Porsche 911, he will be a celebrated auto designer for generations to come. His road to automotive fame began when he was born in December 1935, the son of Ferry Porsche, the luxury car company’s founder. His grandfather was even responsible for the first Volkswagen Beetle.

As a youth, he pursued an education in design, but was “kicked out,” he later said, from the prestigious school.  In 1957, he began working at Porsche, and the Porsche 911 was born when he was a mere 25 years old.

Oldsmobile F-88

Oldsmobile F-88: Aptly dubbed one of the “10 Coolest Cars” by a popular blog site, Oddee, the Oldsmobile F-88 certainly fit the 1950s-era General Motors idea to build the automobiles of the future. Sometimes, this meant that cars featured Space Age inspired gauges, while others had a cool copper metallic sheen that could easily provoke thoughts of a new age outer space gadget.

A ‘Special’ Car

There are many cars which are regarded as especially exciting to spot because of their power, speed, and perhaps the most exciting, their rarity. It becomes a great adventure at car shows to find the oldest car, the “coolest” car, and the rarest car. So, what is one of the hardest cars to see? How about a model that only ever had two units built? Yes, just two!