|(8-11-06) From Dan Ellis:
"Great site! Just a bit of info on the Bob Mosier's 5-11-05
photo... Revell models made 1/32's of this car. They came in red
or blue as best I can recall as my brother and I had one each. Unfortunately,
one day we had a terrible dispute and both models were destroyed.
(I guess boys will be boys now and then.) May I suggest contacting
Revell for a history of products vintage 1971-1976?"
(5-10-10) From Chuck Lantz:
"I noticed the Bob Mosier Manning Special photo, and recognized the
car body pictured. The caption was correct where it guessed that the body
appeared to be from a production mold. Though I cannot recall the
name of the thing (it will come to me sometime in the middle of the night.),
it was a kit-car body sold in the early 60's. It might have been made by
Kurtis, or was at least a knock-off of their bodies.
I think the company was based in either Northern California or Northern
Nevada, and they ran a few small ads in Sports Car Illustrated and possibly
Road & Track. At least two of them were purchased by guys from the
San Francisco Bay Area. I saw one of them in the early build stages in
Oakland, in a friend of a friend's garage. I recall that it was fiberglass,
and while reasonably "clean" in the glass layout, it was heavy as hell.
I think they were designed to drop onto a Corvette chassis, but that's
a very hazy guess.
The faux Testa Rossa cutouts behind the front wheels, and the very
wide and flat nose were what gave it away. Both were the most distinctive
features of the body."
4-8-22 From Joel Driskill:"I
believe Bob Mosier's Manning Special was built by a guy named
Kenneth Brown from Ontario, CA. It was built in 1959.
last I heard, the car was on display at the Petersen Museum with its
body hanging above the chassis. That was 10 years + ago. I
have been recreating the Manning Special and have been collecting info
on all the clones and cars built from the Manning blueprints. The
history on this one has been elusive... Until yesterday."