The Excalibur automobile from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the first of the retro contemporary classic or neoclassic cars. A prototype premiered at car shows in 1963. The body was fitted on a Studebaker chassis and used a 327 ci Chevrolet engine. It was a modern car with a retro look.
The Excalibur had a rather short tenure by automotive standards having closed its doors sometime in the late 1980s. As rare as these cars are, or were they somehow seemed to outlast other independent car makers such as Bricklin and Delorean.
Taking styling notes from the Mercedes SSK (shown at right) from the ’20s and 30s, the Excalibur had a most definite prestige factor. Many drivers and pedestrians would slow down or stop to look at one of these magnificent vehicles. It was unique and superlative among all other cars on the road. I remember seeing perhaps a half-dozen of them on the road when I was a teen growing up in Chicago. Even during its heyday, Excaliburs were rare.
During its short time, the Excalibur went through a few styling changes all the while clinging to that retro, prestigious look from the past.
Yes, these cars are real and were actually built sometime ago. Perhaps most of the existing Excaliburs are now spending their time covered up in multi-car garages only coming out for spin or an appearance at a local car show only when the weather is perfect.
Enjoy our Gallery of Excalibur coming up next. You’ll agree that the Excalibur is one unforgettable vehicle.
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