lunes, 23 de enero de 2012

KELLISON J4 - MRRC

MRRC, junto a su esperadísimo Cheetah, presentó el pasado mes de diciembre su KELLISON J4..., uno de esos grandes desconocidos..., un modelo absolutamente retro, una apuesta bizarra habida cuenta de cómo se encuentra el mercado..., un cochecito de esos que apetece compartir e intercambiar opiniones, un bellezón de una sencillez aparente y una ejecución impecable, y una novedad de la marca (segunda foto) que para mí representa un gran avance de los de agradecer, el coche sujeto a la base mediante tornillos y no con los dichosos cables.



KELLISON J4

Mis conocimientos sobre este modelo eran/son francamente escasos, por lo que presentar un artículo sobre él y firmarlo no sería del todo correcto. Puesto en contacto con Steve (http://www.kellisoncars.com/) éste me dio permiso para tomar de su web cuantos textos estimase oportunos para acompañar a la presente entrada.

KELLISON J4


De hecho su página es para perder el sentido, cientos de fotografías originales, decenas de artículos de época y actuales, fichas técnicas, catálogos..., desde luego, todo un mundo dedicado a JIM KELLISON y su obra. Thank you Steve (http://www.kellisoncars.com/).

KELLISON J4


The Kellison car company was founded in the 1950s by Jim Kellison. He spent over two years of designing and testing before the first kellison was offered to the public in 1957. These orginal early kellison bodies were very flimsy so in the following year of1958 more refinements were made to the cars.

KELLISON J4


Kellison added inner fender panels firewalls dashboards assembled doors and other small improvements in order to make the final product easier to build and enjoy. These early bodies where constructed using a chopper gun technique. This technique let the user work quickly while a strict quality control was inforced. One of the first cars offered by Kellison was the J-4. It is a low slung two seat sports car.

KELLISON J4


Avaliable as either a sport coupe or roadster. With a roof hight of only 39" it was a awesome sight in the late 1950s. These early cars came with a Chuck Manning designed box tube frame. It employed beam axles at both ends. A later updated X frame used corvette suspention at both ends was developed by the kellison company. You could purchase a original J-4 for only $640.00.

KELLISON J4

KELLISON J4

KELLISON J4


Kellison continued his refinements and later introduced the J-5 still a two seater but with a stretched wheelbase now up to 102" offering a little more room inside. The J-5 also had dual headlights and recessed taillight openings. The doors were lengthened 5" to make entering and exiting easier and the roof was raised one inch for more headroom. The J-5 was offered to the public at a price of only $700.00.

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Other kellison bodies were offered depending on what type of application they where to be used on. the J-3 was designed to fit on a MG or Austin Healy even a Volkswagen or Porsche frame and engine would work. The J-3 came only as a roadster and you could purchase an assembled one for only $520.00.

KELLISON J4

KELLISON J4


The J-2 was designed to fit on a Triumph or Renault chassis. It was offered as a coupe or a roadster. The coupe was designed with two roof humps for added headroon.

KELLISON J4

KELLISON J4


Even smaller was the J-1 and is was designed to fit on an Austin-Healy Sprite or Crosley frame. It too was offered as a coupe or a roadster.

KELLISON J4


For the race minded Kellison offered a competion body that was light weight and did not come with a floor, firewall or inner fender panels. It was made to use a chevrolet engine on a small wheelbase frame like the MG or the Austin-Healy.

KELLISON J4


Kellison last redesign of the J series was the J-6 Panther. This car was designed to bolt directly onto a 1953 to 1962 corvette chassis. The roof was again raised 2 1/2 inches for more headroom. The rear window was enlarged for better visibility and for the first time a trunk lid was added.

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Kellison now began to add diferent manufactures to his line up. He offered the Byers SR-100 and he purchased the rights to the Clodhopper, Sand Piper and the dagger dune buggies. The sand piper was offered as either a roadster or a pickup on either a shortened or standard wheelbase.

KELLISON J4


Also offered at this time was a complete line of race car bodies. He offered a rail type body for drag racing plus a bantam and Fiat bodies for the altered class. Another foray was into can-am racing with a body he purchased form Hans Adam. During the late 1960s kellison also brought out a line of formula vee race cars. Also sold were parts for Jaguar, corvettes and hardtops for Mgs, Austin-Healys plus a complete line of fiberglass replacement parts.

KELLISON J4


Some of kellison last designs was a shark kit made to fit a VW floorpan and a GT-40 lookalike that was very well received by the public. The GT-40 was made to fit on the ever popular VW chassis but kellison offered a corvair kit to boost up the power. Later on he developeded a box style tube frame that was able to carry a mid engine chevy or ford V-8 power.

KELLISON J4


The kellison company as we know it lasted into the mid 1970s. Kellison later formed a new company called the Red Stallion. This company did business during the 1980s. His next car came as a cobra knockoff called the Stallion which is to my knowledge his last car company. If you have additional information or corrections please email them to me thanks. Again this info is to the best of my knowledge which doesnt mean alot so the above history is not gospel it is the best I could research thanks (Steve).

KELLISON J4


Salud

4 comentarios:

m1k3lslot dijo...

Otro buen articulo de otro buen coche a este lo tengo enfilado para digital-izar, mejor todo si nos tradujeses el articulo de Jim Kellison.
La eleccion del coche para mi es perfecta soy gran amante de los clasicos.

IBERSLOT dijo...

brutallllllllllllllllllll

Hola Luis
Los reyes me lo han traido y estoy loco por probarlo en pista y divertirme con el , felicidades por el artículo
un abrazo
Mikel

Joan-er-cunyao dijo...

Wenas!!!! El coche no me desagrada, pero lo veo algo simplón, no se, algún detallito más le quedaría de coña, por ejemplo, unos retrovisores....unas pegatas de patrocinadores....

Adèu i gassss

PD: no se, pero últimamento soy un incorformista jaiejajjaijeajejajiaje

PD: Gracias por el trabajo y compartirlo.

Antonio López dijo...

Impresionante, Luis.

Tenía claro que, para mi cumpleaños, me iba a regalar el nuevo 911 plateado de MRRC. Pero has sembrado la duda en mi voluntad, pardiez.

Por cierto, ¿qué tal el 911 de 1970 de LMM?

DEMO.SLOT

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