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Hot Rods Barn Find 1957 Byers SR100 Roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HotRod28AR, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Actually it was in the back of a semi trailer but hidden away none the less! Only about 25 of these were manufactured during the mid/late 50's. The Byers appeared on the cover of the February 1957 issue of Road & Track where it was claimed to be "the most beautiful sports car in the world". This one is built on a Henry J chassis and was powered by a big Hudson six with dual carbs. Unfortunately the previous owner sold the engine and windshield years ago. Would love to find more history if anyone recognizes the car. We're planning to restore it as a period correct 50's sports car. 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 005s.jpg 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 010s.jpg 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 015s.jpg 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 026s.jpg 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 028s.jpg
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  2. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,090


    Wow, nice looking car. What a score, sorta Healey-ish.
    I grew up near LAX and there was a J.E. (?) Byers boat and fiberglass company just east of us. Same company? I didn't know they made car bodies, driving by we only saw flatbottom ski boats.
  3. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,252


    :D Nice find sir.I`ll saddle up and go along for the ride.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  4. Bitchin! I love, Love, LOVE hotrod sports cars!
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,169


    Interesting car. Seems like a lot of those glass cars used Henry J for a chassis. Somewhere there is an old factory filled with take off J bodies and fenders!
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  6. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,989

    from Tampa, FL

    Healey meets Cobra-ish nose? Nice looking car. Gary
  7. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,053


    I like the Healey/Cobra reference, it will be cool to see were this goes.
  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,994


    How about a picture of the rear of the car?
  9. Marcosmadness
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 366

    from California

    I race against a Byers in Vintage racing on tracks like Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway. Until he recently passed, it was owned and raced by Ole Anderson. PM me for additional information since this is not really HAMB friendly.
  10. That's the same Byers! His first car was the Meteor from the early 50's and this SR100 was a revised version of that.
  11. 1957 Byers SR100 & Volvo P1800 021s.jpg
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  12. Wow.....nice find....
  13. woodscaper
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 62


    Check with Geoff Hacker - Forgotten Fiberglass
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  14. SR100
    Joined: Nov 26, 2013
    Posts: 940


    Paging @G. Hacker ...
    P.S. Unless those are just whatever wheels they had laying around to push the car around, it looks like they may have been setting it up for drag racing, probably after the engine was sold.
    P.P.S. Do you have any pictures of the interior?
  15. Rusty Karz
    Joined: Feb 11, 2005
    Posts: 299

    Rusty Karz

    Good looking body. Subscribed.
  16. I’m calling Shotgun!!!!
  17. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,538

    from Michigan

    Yeah, it does look like a 289 Cobra...:confused:
  18. woodscaper
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 62


    Geoff posted pics on facebook, so he has it covered.

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