California Metal Shaping Company

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The 1953 Kurtis Sorrell SR-100 Roadster, with its unique aluminum body by California Metal Shaping and Bob Sorrell, debuted at the Petersen Motorama in 1953. Built on an Indy 500 Kurtis chassis, it featured a 302-ci GMC I-6 engine, a Howard 12 port head, and six carburetors. This model is notably the only SR-100 with an alloy body.
Leo Lyons' Ultra Modern Merc of San Bernardino, California. The build was started in 1950, and completed in the Summer of 1959. Leo wanted to do something different. He wanted to build a custom car mostly from scratch. His initial plans called for building 10 identical custom Mercs, but only one, the prototype, was ever built. The roof, hood, and doors were custom built by California Metals Shaping Company.

California Metal Shaping Company built Scarab bodies for Lance Reventlow, Chaparral bodies for Jim Hall, the Mantaray body for Dean Jeffries, Bill Stroppe’s last road course race car body called the Bearcage, and the prototype aluminum bodies for the Bill Thomas Cheetah.[1]

Steve Alcala

Cars Featuring Bodies by California Metal Shaping Company

1953 Kurtis Sorrel SR-100 Roadster



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