Ultra rare Yasui Kit Car?

I recently (well, not that recently, but I’m trying to get caught up) received this letter from a reader in Oshawa, Canada. If you know anything about it, please post a comment!

I recently came into possession (gift) of what appears to be a British-built coupe; I’ve sent all the pics I have at present, which were taken by the previous owner. While, from what I can see, quite an attactive design, I would have hated to suffer a rollover in this car, as it appears that all the seams are parting, and the only rollover protection, other than the roof, seems to be a tubular hoop, about 1″ in diameter, running from the frame, upwards just in front of the door hinges, crossing over underneath the dashboard, and back down to the other frame member. The spare tire is carried in the compartment underneath the taillights. I’ve kept the car because I find it quite interesting to see how many individual GRP pieces make up the car, and it indicates the amount of thought that goes into manufacturing these cars. The remains of the bonnet have a large bulge over the engine, but that is the sum total of all bodywork from the firewall forward. I have the doors, spare tire cover, plastic (perspex?) rear window, and the top surface of the hood, and will, at a later date, forward pics of those pieces, once I have it all in a workshop. If anyone can ID it, I would like to see what it looked like with a complete front end in place.

I have very little (zero) knowledge about this kit, other than the obvious — it’s old and rare!

4 Responses

  1. The back window reminds me of an old studebaker but then I get a ghia vibe from it as well, is it possible it is a custom made body and not a kit?

  2. The back window reminds me of an old studebaker but then I get a ghia vibe from it as well, is it possible it is a custom made body and not a kit?

  3. John Lloyd says:

    Yes, the style is very similar to the Chrysler Ghia cars from the mid fifties. How about this one?
    http://www.autoweteran.gower.pl/concept/1953_DeSoto_Adventurer.jpg

  4. Edward Skakie says:

    Since I wrote the original email, I’ve moved to Brighton, Ontario, Canada, and still have this body. If you look at the back panel, it is reminiscent(SP?) of the 1960s Mustangs. I will be building a new home & workshop, and hope to build this into a road car. I still cannot find any info on it.

    Thanks.

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