Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 1


Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s replicas of famous classics became popular for a brief period in the States

Two of the prime movers were Harry Shay and Glenn Pray.

Harry’s company created replicas of the Ford Model A and Thunderbird under licence from Ford and sold via the Ford dealer network.

Between 1979 and 1980 Harry’s company produced 2000 Shay Roadsters, by 1982 Harry’s company had filed for bankruptcy when it was declared that 5000 Roadsters and 200 Thunderbirds had been produced.

After the bankruptcy a company named Camelot took over the production of the former Shay models, however they too eventually went out of business.

Between 1982 until 1993 Speedway Motors sold an identical product in kit form called the Modern A

You can read the full story in more detail here


Categories: 1978, 1980, 1992, 1993, Harry Shay, Model A, Modern A#, Shay, Shay Roadster, Speedway Motors, Thunderbird

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