In the 1950s Victress was a fiberglass specialist that built a variety of bodies. The S1A was their race design which could also double as a boulevard cruiser.
It came in either a 99 or 94 inch wheelbase.
The bodies came from Victress with hinged panels such as the hood, doors and trunk. The design was credited to Hugh Jorgensen and Doc-Boyce Smith around 1951 or 1952.
Since the S1A was fitted on a variety of chassis no two cars were alike. From the factory they came with either a Ford frame or a custom unit from Mameco Corp.
At the time the small-block Chevrolet was a popular choice for engines.
1954 Victress S1A Gallery
Discovered in unbuilt condition by Steve Steers with an unpainted body and original Mameco Corp. chassis. Bought from Texas in 2006 and subsequently restored with a Dodge Hemi KD500, Tremec TKO600 5-Speed transmission and independent front suspension. Finished in 2009 and driven on the Colorado Grand. Displayed at the 2010 Amelia Island Forgotten Fiberglass class.
Called the Mabee Special this car was built in period as a Bonneville SCCA and SAC contender for Guy Mabee by Denny Larson. It was fitted with a Chrysler Hemi engine by Ray Brown and reached 203.105 mph at Bonneville in 1953. Afterward, the car was raced in the Soutwest and occasionally Mexico. Discovered in 1983 in Mexico and restored. Displayed at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’elegance.