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Excalibur SS
SS Automobiles, Inc.
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The Excalibur was designed and built by Brook Stevens a former designer for the Studebaker Corporation. Studebaker by 1963 was on the Brink of bankruptcy. So in 1963 Sherwood Egbert, Studebaker's CEO at the time, commissioned Brook Stevens to build a number of concept cars. These new American Automobiles were to regenerate the company and attract new customers.

Brook Stevens took his inspiration from the 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK for his first concept car. Stevens named his new concept car the Excalibur and built it on a 109 inch Studebaker Lark chassis and a Studebaker supercharged 289 cubic inch V-8 engine rated at 290 horsepower. However, the Excalibur was rejected by the heads of Studebaker and in 1964 Studebaker went out of business.

1964 Excalibur
1964 Excalibur

In 1964 Brook Stevens took a prototype of the Excalibur to the Detroit Motor Show. At that auto show John Wayne and Steve McQueen ordered one each. The Excalibur was described as "The Car of the Show" by everyone in attendance. The first Excalibur had a Studebaker engine but after being rejected all other Excalibur were built with a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, the same engine that powered the Corvette Sting Ray. The results was a classic roadster and in 1964 and 1965 sales of the Excalibur were very good.

1967 Excalibur
1967 Excalibur and Gulf Oil Advertisement

The Excalibur was eventually built as a Roadster and four seater Phaetons and in 1988 a Sedanwas introduced. SS Automobiles, Inc. and Brook Stevens produced about 3,000 Excaliburs between 1964 and 1985. Typical specifications included a top speed of 118 miles per hour, four speed transmission, coil springs, disc springs and weighed 2,300 pounds and priced at $100,000.00. Three diffentent power plants were used, a 289 cubic 290 horsepower, 450 cubic inch 425 horsepower and a 350 cubic inch 275 horsepower. Brooks Stevens also built the Excalibur J from 1951-1953.

1974 Excalibur
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