Mar. 15th 2012 – Auto of the day – Auto #3
1955 Flajole Forerunner Coupe
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Body Style: Coupe Stock No.: 4012 Condition: Good Interior: White Exterior: Purple
Location: St. Louis, Missouri,
One of the most beautiful and innovative concept cars of the 1950s The Flajole Forerunner was stylist Bill Flajoles vision of the future. Featured on the cover of Motor Trend magazine in September 1955 the Forerunner was the result of over 7000 hours of design and construction and over $80000 in build cost and keep in mind this was 1955!The subject of numerous magazine articles Motor Trend featured the Forerunner on the same cover as Ghias groundbreaking Gilda design study. Sports Cars Illustrated gave the Forerunner a three-page feature article in October 1955 Mechanix Illustrated wrote about the car in September of 1955 and the car was recently featured in Octane Magazine.Designed and built by automotive designer Bill Flajole then Advance Styling Consultant for American Motors and a well known industrial designer the Forerunner incorporates many futuristic design elements like its retracting tinted Plexiglas roof headrest bucket seats and contrasting color fender coves well before any of these items were put on a production car.Its chassis is among the best of its day Jaguars high performance 180 horsepower XK 120M with an SCCA race class win to its credit while Flajoles studio was creating the Forerunners body. The glass fiber body employed molded-in open louvers and elaborate compound curves never before attempted in fiberglass. Its windshield header-mounted rear view mirror foreshadows later designers use of periscope optics.This important one off automobile has been completely restored and was shown at Amelia Island in 2010. The car is complete with magazines that featured the car when first built as well as photos of the car taken during its construction in the Flajole studios in the 1950s that have been supplied by Bill Flajoles daughter . A fabulous one off concept car with an impeccable history . $295,000
Being offered by Hyman Ltd. http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/flajole/forerunner/925777.html
Comment: A true one off, and with a real love it or hate it style. Would be worth a go just for the experience.