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1954 Kaiser Darrin Serial Number 427. As Darrin’s were assembled 11 at a time, this is one of the last batch of the 435 produced. This is a great driver’s car that can be driven proudly every day (when it’s not raining) or to almost any car show. The car isn’t in concourse “judging” condition but I’ve entered the car a number of times in concourse events. The show organizers are always happy to have the car on the field due to its rarity and presence and the attendees will regularly pass by the perfect Cobra, Jaguar or Ferrari to take a closer look at a car model that’s rarely seen in public. I’ve owned perfect cars and I cannot bring myself to drive them because I’m afraid they’ll get scratched or dirty. This car can be driven without that worry.
The engine was rebuilt and the car was repainted in the correct Champaign White by the original owner in the mid ‘70s. The paint has held up well for the last 40 years but the car is fiberglass and does suffer from common fiberglass problems. None of these imperfections detracts from the natural beauty of this car. The engine runs perfectly as does the transmission and the electronic overdrive. You can let the car sit for weeks and with the pull of the choke cable and a turn of the key, the car will fire right up. The engine has all of the correct components. I’ve recently replaced the battery (still 6V positive ground) and the correct and original radiator was rebuilt in the last two years.
The interior and top (including the side curtains) are original which is amazing for a 63-year-old car. By looking at both, you’d think they were only 20 years old. A number of years ago, however, the Kaiser restoration group made a limited run of the correct interior and top fabric that I was planning on using if and when the interior or top were to deteriorate to a point where it needed to be replaced. So far it hasn’t needed it but this new vinyl an top material will be sold along with the car so maybe….eventually….someone can bring it back to its original glory. For me, I was hoping to see what 75-year-old vinyl would eventually look like.