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Camelot Motors Info Please

January 30 2005 at 7:11 PM
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I am looking for information on Camelot Motors Corporation, as to how long they were in business and how many of the 1957 Thunderbirds did they produce?

 
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Re: Camelot Motors Info Please

January 30 2005, 8:11 PM 

From our site, on Shay history: "On July 6, 1982, Shay Motors filed for liquidation of its assets, negociations with the Creditors' Committee having reached an impasse.

In April 1983, Camelot Motors Inc., doing business from a former warehouse in Marshall, Michigan, was authorized by a Federal Bankruptcy judge to purchase the tools, patents and other equipment of the defunct Shay Motors Corp. for $2.4 million and to re-start the production of the Model As and T-Birds. These cars were to be sold from $10,000 to $20,000. Camelot planned to build 400 cars in its first year and no more than 2,000 cars per year afterwards. They beefed up the Model A's frame and added windshield defrosters. In June 1983, they sold the Roadster for $11,765 retail ($9,975 to dealers), the Pick-Up for $12,495 retail ($10,595 to dealers) and the T-Bird around $19,000 retail (including a V-8, whereas Shay's T-Bird had only a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder). The Roadster's optional equipment list was shorter than in Shay's time, including only a rumble seat heater, automatic transmission, chrome spokes or entirely chrome wheels, radio, whitewalls and the rear trunk & rack. They were produced until 1986 and a phaeton model was eventually added to the line. After a short stay in Marshall, they relocated to the big town of Quincy, Michigan, in a larger building.
Camelot Motors Inc. had been founded in March 1983 by Paul G. Housey in Indiana. Housey, a native of Detroit, attended Wayne State University until he went into the Air Force. After his discharge in 1965, he went to work at the Ford Motor Co. as a process engineer. Housey had also briefly been employed by Shay in 1979."

At this time we do not have figures on production for Camelot T-birds (1955 replicas not '57).


Don Smith
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Good One.

January 31 2005, 7:59 AM 

Excellent reply Don.
From 1986 onwards, Regal Roadsters has been producing a T'Bird replica which, although it was designed from the ground up, might very well incorporate some components from the Shay and Camelot T'Birds since that company bought a lot of Camelot's parts after the latter went out of business.
Gary

Gary M Wood
Asst web master for Gilles Bachand's
Shay Model A Informational web site.
Membership Officer for the SOCI.
Shay Owners Club International



 
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