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automobile was a car styled
after the 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK by
Brooks Stevens for Studebaker.
Stevens subsequently formed a
company to manufacture and
market the cars, which were
conventional under their styling.
Clifford Brooks Stevens (1911 – 1995)
an American industrial designer of home
furnishings, appliances, automobiles and
motorcycles, as well as a graphic designer
Stevens founded Brooks
headquartered in Allenton, Wisconsin.
A prototype premiered at car
shows in 1964,
subsequently obtained engines
fitted on a Studebaker chassis and using a
290-horsepower Studebaker 289 V-8.
Studebaker almost immediately ceased its
operations,ending the availability of
from General Motors through his friends,
GM executives Ed Cole and Semon
These were Chevrolet 327s in 300-bhp
Corvette tune, making the 2100-pound
Excalibur a strong performer.
With the standard 3.31:1 rear axle,
acceleration from 0-60 mph took less
than 6 seconds.
Projected top speed was 134 mph.
Over 3,500 Excalibur cars were
The company failed in 1986 but was
all in Milwaukee, Wis.
The American comedian Phyllis Diller
was a notable proponent
of the Excalibur automobile, and
owned four of them.
revived several times.
Production of the Excalibur
continued until 1990.