The Excalibur automobile was designed by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens and styled after the Mercedes Benz SSK. Originally designed for Studebaker, it eventually was produced by its own independent car company. Early Excaliburs used a modified Studebaker convertible chassis, but this was later replaced by a Ford base. The Excalibur car company was, at one time, America’s fourth largest American automobile manufacturer. It is the first and most successful of American “replicars.”
This car is one of only 199 Phaeton’s produced in 1981. It has a 305 cubic inch General Motors V8 engine, with 155 horsepower and a 3 speed automatic transmission placed in a chassis designed and built by Excalibur. It has a hand laid fiberglass body, twice the thickness of Corvettes of that era. It has four wheel disc brakes, a removable hardtop, a convertible top, and a leather interior. It weighs 4,400 pounds.
The original sticker price for this car was $47,900.00. Famous owners of Excaliburs have included Phyllis Diller, Dean Martin, Prince Rainier, Liberace and Ronald Reagan. Excaliburs were produced in roadster, phaeton and sedan models. This car is owned by a private collector and we are glad to have such a beautiful Excalibur living in our museum.