1954 Kaiser Darrin

161 Sport Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Mileage 
    13 763 km / 8 552 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    161001133
  • Engine number 
    161CI Inline-6
  • Reference number 
    406962_Kaiser
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Onyx Black
  • Interior brand colour 
    Maroon
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Fuel type 
    Other

Description

Spectacular no-expense spared concours level restoration

Restored to like new standards

Meticulous attention to detail

Rare & desirable Kaiser Darrin Roadster

One of only 435 built

America’s first production fiberglass sports car

Unique sliding pocket doors

3-position convertible top

Incredibly rare factory black paint car with special order interior

Includes owner identification card, owner service policy, jack, and removable side curtains

Recently serviced

Performs like new

One of the best examples that can be found on the market today

A collector’s dream!

Options include:

Wire wheel covers

Whitewall tires

Dual wind wings

Tinted glass

The 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Sport Roadster featured here is finished in stunning Onyx Black over a beautiful maroon interior and matching convertible top. This spectacular example has been meticulously restored to the highest possible standards and presents in Concours condition. In February 2019, a representative of the Kaiser Darrin club personally inspected this example and determined that it is one of very few factory Onyx Black paint examples with a trim code 888 (factory special order) interior. With stunning looks and incredibly rare colors, this Kaiser Darrin would make a welcome addition to any premier collection. We are proud to offer it to the most astute collector or investor who appreciates this rare model. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years, with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014, and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.

HISTORY OF THE KAISER DARRIN
By 1952, Kaiser Motors was showing interest in producing a stylish sports roadster to suit the interest of Americans who had started purchasing two-seat sports cars from European manufactures. Famed automotive designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin, who had also worked with other great marques such as Duesenberg and Packard, designed the new car with his patented sliding pocket doors and a fiberglass body to help save production costs and shave weight. Henry Kaiser’s wife reportedly said the Kaiser Darrin 161 prototype was “the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” This was enough for Henry Kaiser to give the green light for production, which began in 1953, with all cars being produced as 1954 models. At the cost of over $3,500 new, it was one of the most expensive sports cars of its era and attracted numerous celebrity owners. With unique sliding doors, incredible styling, and low production of only 435 examples built, the Kaiser Darrin was one of America’s first ventures into true sports car production. It is no wonder why examples today are typically only seen in some of the world's most premier private collections.