Excalibur (automobile)

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The Excalibur automobile , was a car styled after the 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK by Brooks Stevens for Studebaker. Stevens subsequently formed a company to manufacture and market the cars, which were conventional under their styling.[1]

A prototype premiered at car shows in 1964, fitted on a Studebaker chassis and using a 290-horsepower Studebaker 289 V-8. Studebaker almost immediately ceased its operations, ending the availability of that engine. [2]

Stevens subsequently obtained engines from General Motors through his friends, GM executives Ed Cole and "Bunkie" Knudsen. These were Chevrolet 327s in 300-bhp Corvette tune, making the 2100-pound Excalibur a strong performer. With the standard 3.31:1 rear axle, acceleration from 0-60 mph took less than six seconds. [3] Projected top speed was 134 mph.[4]

1960's SS
1970's SS
1980's Phaethon
1980's SS

Over 3,500 Excalibur cars were built, all in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [5]

The American comedian Phyllis Diller was a notable proponent of the Excalibur automobile, and owned four of them. [6]

The company failed in 1986, but was revived several times. [7]

Production of the Excalibur continued until 1990. [8]


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