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1959 Byers Volvo Special CR90

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Jim Byers was known throughout the automotive industry as a skilled craftsman for creating fiberglass roadster bodies that were attractive, sturdy, and lightweight. His first design was the SR-100 roadster body that rested on a wheelbase that measured 99 to 101 inches. It could be modified for other wheelbases as needed. It had ample room for hiding a V8 engine and radiator under the hood. The windscreen was built to accept a Corvette windshield.

The cost of these elegant and functional bodies ranged from around $350 to just under $600 and had a weight of under 100 pounds.

The CR90 was the second body offered by Byers. It was smaller, ranging from 88 to 92 inches, and weighed a mere 75 pounds. Pricing started at around $330 and peaked at $460.

Victress Manufacturing purchased Byer's molds in 1960 and continued to offer these to interested buyers. The molds were later sold to LaDawri and later to Kellison.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2009



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