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History For Sale: 1957 Kellison J5

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, May 1, 2019.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,680

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    British? Like jag? Hells no.

    Italian? Yes.

    In any case, I think the seller owes me and all my shit talking buddies a round of drinks!
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  2. Black Panther
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,448

    Black Panther
    from SoCal

    British sports cars normally dont have a roof. Plus they were made with SOME practicality in mind...and have better ergonomics.
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  3. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 856


    Haha fair enough. I guess that means you didn't buy it?
  4. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,603

    from Quincy, IL

    I am among those who have had my imagination doing overtime when it comers to Kellisons. I still have a drawing of one I did from my high school years over 50 years ago. Always loved looking at the ads and the occasional built car in one of the mags over the years.

    But Black Panther has the most realistic view of these little heart breakers. As received from the manufacturer, they were a fiberglass 'drapery', a very incomplete shell, that you hung over a chassis. If you wanted something you could actually drive, you had a boatload of work to do.

    In some ways, all the posts on this thread trying to egg on Ryan are reminiscent of a bunch of high school boys who are bewitched by the local girl with a 'reputation'. You know the kind. All the boys would fantasize and brag about what THEY would do if only they had the chance.

    But none had the courage to try for the score. Instead, they'd pick some boy and goad HIM to try to get a date with the Sexy Thing, in the hopes he would, and then report back with all the salacious details of his conquest. But that never happened either.

    Fact is, some dreams are better left as dreams, where we are free to craft any outcome we wish, than to have to suffer the reality of a shattered dream. In this case, the Kellison having been sold elsewhere, the Dream Lives On!
    Last edited: May 2, 2019
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  5. wrenchbender
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,767


    I’ve always wanted one of these and it wouldn’t matter about trying to get in the door of it because it would totally be a body flopper with blown injected early hemi leave the mags on the rear but it would have to have some spindle mounts on the front some day I will have one in due time in reality I some how cram my 6ft 1 self in a willys pickup and a model t so this thing would be a luxury model for me lol

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  6. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,389

    from Minnesota

    Two things to avoid.
    High maintenance women and cars.
    Wise choice to pass.
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    Joined: Nov 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,073

    from TX...

    83609B14-8235-44BD-89CE-7BA22DCCCEC9.jpeg Was just looking at the 60’s thread, and i know nothing about these is this one? Posted by @loudbang
  8. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,603

    from Quincy, IL

    The Gunmetal Blue car on the left....Yes, it appears that it is.
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  9. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,014


    :rolleyes:...ergonomics and practicality aside what a stunning display of design genius...there are very few of these that don't deliver a major visual pass and it seems as what was under the sexy bod would get you to home plate with a supercharged thrill.

    That's a nice one @Dean Lowe
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  10. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 733


    I honestly had never paid any attention to these before the HAMB. For me the fuss was about piling on as I have been the guy more than once who all of his friends were pushing him to buy that car he really didn't need. It's all in good fun.

    The side effect of this exercise is I've spent a bit of time learning about the cars and the history in the last few months, and they are growing on me. I'm in Ryan's camp so far... just dreamin.
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  11. cad-lasalle
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 89

    from grafton nh

    I had a red 58 J5 back in the mid 80's Ran it at NE Dragway. Sold it to someone with an English accent. When he got into the driver's seat, his remark was "There's no bloody glove compartment !"
  12. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 619


    In my opinion this is by far the best looking example that has been posted. I think it has a James Bond or Steve McQueen quality.

  13. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 310

    from sacramento

    One of the best body styles ever...
  14. I see it sold,,, when will it be shipped to Texas??????????????????????????
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  15. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,065

    from Central IL

    The previous owner told me that it’s titled as a 57 but he believes it to be a 58 body due to the inner fenderwell structures that were absent on the 57’s. I didn’t know much about them other that seeing them in magazines when I was a kid and then the one showed up at the Meltdowns a few years ago and in my opinion was by far the coolest thing on wheels on that property. I’ve wanted one ever since.
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  16. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,014


    You never know it could be a cleverly played purchase...;)...But he said he's 6.2 based on discussion...unless of course you reconfigure the seating to accommodate...which makes me wonder has anybody done that to J5?...I would be hesitant myself being 6'. I wouldn't spend coin on something I couldn't drive.
    Last edited: May 2, 2019
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  17. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,014


    Circa 1957 to boot...;)
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  18. "my shit talking buddies" LOL
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  19. Here's another one for inspiration:

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  20. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,014


    Surf City this was perhaps a small show. Do you by chance know the owner. Just curious about opinions about driving and the comfort experience.

    It makes me think looking at the door and the height of the car getting in must be interesting...I suppose it's like many race cars or T Buckets and Speedsters heck even my 29 Chopped Sport Coupe has it's challenges as well as being not totally 6' friendly...

    That J5 looks to be street driven...very nice indeed.​
  21. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,379

    anthony myrick
    from al

  22. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,032

    Staff Member

    My good friend Patrick Knight of Louisville, Kentucky, sent me an email with a kick-ass Kellison story of his own. Here it is from the man himself...

    I'm 16 , driving a 60 Comet delivery car for my first job at the local Drug store.
    I was always rubbernecking , looking for old iron in driveways and one day the garage door was open and there was this J/6 !!!!
    They weren't on the delivery schedule, but I was on it and stuck my nose in the garage !
    Turned out , he also had a good looking Long legged Brunette daughter......winner winner chicken dinner !
    She became my steady and I had full privileges around the garage
    I was there one Sat afternoon , they were building a 9" rear to go racing that night.
    I can distinctly remember their procedure for setting backlash.......a piece of newspaper placed between the gears ! Questioning this , I was quickly told that newspaper is .003 and THAT is the drag race spec !!!
    If you can, please pass this along to @Ryan
    Patrick Knight

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  23. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 1,540


    Thanks, now my tongue is stiff!
  24. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,708

    Atwater Mike

    Roger Hardcastle. I remember Roger's channeled '34 coupe, 324 Olds. This Kellison ran Fremont drags for a couple of seasons early on, the boys were on the job working the bugs out...Roger and this car 'came by it honest'!
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  25. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,829


    I have a partial Kellison catalog buried somewhere in my stash of books, I’ll scan it if I can find it.

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  26. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,955


  27. Where did all the Studebaker windshields go, right here I bet.
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  28. Hi Stogy,
    I talked to the owner and the car was not running yet, but still in restoration process. It was used in historical races for many years before but the previous owner crashed it and sold the wreck. To have more room for a race helmet they had added the hump in the roof.
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  29. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,014


    That's wild. I get this impression the car while narrow it has all kinds of room up front to move the engine/tranny forward to give a taller pilot more room but I think this is much smaller than percieved in picture.

    I guess in the larger car companies this design may never have saw daylight due to size restriction, however many cars may actually be similar and restrict drivers based on size.

    All that aside a real aggressive and stylish looking package...

    That Helmet bump is interesting to say the least.

    Thanks SurfCityRocker.
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
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  30. 22 track
    Joined: Mar 23, 2001
    Posts: 309

    22 track

    Steve Stanford Drawing is my favorite.

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