1968 Excalibur SSK Roadster Series I 1968 Excalibur SSK Roadster Series I 4 Speed Manual 327ci V8


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Finding any early Series I Excalibur on the open market is a rare occasion, considering only 365 were produced between 1965 thru 1969. Of those, just 265 were true Roadsters, and only 168 equipped with optional full fenders and opening doors! These allowed the exhaust to be repositioned to exit at the rear, eliminating the hot side exhaust pipes, and made for easier entry/exit of the vehicle, particularly if the convertible top was being utilized.

The original Excalibur Series I was the brainchild of Studebaker’s Brooks Stevens, who took inspiration from the famous 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK and decided to make a more modern interpretation. Originally designed in 1964 over a Studebaker chassis with their 289ci V8, Studebaker’s demise forced the project in a different direction and connections ultimately landed the car with Corvette power. Taking into account the car’s 2100 pounds and a Chevrolet V8 mated to a 4-speed manual, the cars were sensationally quick, able to get to 60 mph in just over five seconds and with a top speed of 160mph!

It will quickly prove these Excaliburs have a place in automotive history parked directly next to much more expensive open car roadsters of the period, particularly the AC Cobra is worth mentioning here. Please feel free to call with more questions or schedule a chance to see this example in person. NOTE:





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