Brooks Stevens (famous American industrial designer who designed the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, Hydra-Glide Harley, Jeep Wagoneer, etc.) in 1929 happened to see a Mercedes SSK roadster in New York while attending a boat race. He knew he wanted to replicate it’s beauty combining it with better features.
He got that chance while designing for Studebaker (Studebaker apparently were already distributors for Mercedes-Benz in USA). Stevens asked his son William to create a car using the chassis of a Studebaker Avanti (a luxury coupe built with a fibreglass body).
His son got into the manufacturing the Mercedes SSK replica using the chassis of the Avanti, providing a powerful Chevrolet made 454 cubic inch V8 engine, Hydarmatic transmission, built-in radio with tape recorder, powerful air-conditioning, aluminium alloy bumpers, special bucket seats, etc. and they presented the same during the New York Auto Show in 1961. Studebaker was already in bad shape so they were not in a position to invest more on a new model. So Brooks Stevens decided to make this car on his own and set up a plant at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The car was so much of a hit among the elite, that it had a waiting period of 4-6 months. There were few more minor modifications that were released as the Excalibur II and the Excalibur III. Nearly 3500 of these were built.
This is a replica of a Phaeton* that William Stevens created.
* vintage touring cars are called Phaeton
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||8 x 4 x 3|