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1953 Bosley Mark I GT

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1953 Bosley Mark I GT 1953 Bosley Mark I GT 1953 Bosley Mark I GT In the mid-1950s, Richard Bosley of Mentor, Ohio created the Bosley MK1. He had a passion for automobiles though - up to this point in history - had never built a car. In the early 1950s, he decided to build the car of his dreams. Powering the car was a Chrysler Hemi breathing through 6 carburetors. It had a quick change rear end courtesy of a 1948 Mercury, a 102-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 168 inches. Braking power was provided by Lincoln 12-inch drums riding on magnesium center-lock wheels. The transmission was a five-speed unit built by the New Process company. The bodywork was done by Mr. Bosley, with many of the interior and exterior parts sources from various other vehicles.

The low-slung fiberglass body, potent engine, and its 55-gallon fuel tank made it a suitable vehicle for long distance racing. It had a top speed in the neighborhood of 160 mph.

This was not the only vehicle Mr. Bosley ever created. In the 1960s he built another vehicle of a different design, also having a fiberglass body.

Since Richard Bosley was a horticultural farmer by trade, he was unable to fund production of his car so this prototype was the only Bosley Mark I GT ever produced. Mr. Bosley kept the MK1 for many years, putting around 10000 miles on it before trading it for an ex-Sebring Corvette SR-2 which was used to form the basis for the Bosley Interstate.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011

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1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)

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