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1952 Maverick Side
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1952_Maverick_side
Corvette_to_Avanti
Corvette_to_Avanti
Devin_and_Bangert
Devin_and_Bangert
Fiberglass_homegoods
Fiberglass_homegoods
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Fiberglass_literature
MALCO_to_Mercury
MALCO_to_Mercury
Pegaso_and_Dale
Pegaso_and_Dale
Pegaso_to_Bangert
Pegaso_to_Bangert
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Sorrell_to_Stout_horizontal
Tiburon_and_Trident
Tiburon_and_Trident
1952 Maverick Side Corvette To Avanti Devin And Bangert Fiberglass Homegoods Fiberglass Literature MALCO To Mercury Pegaso And Dale Pegaso To Bangert Sorrell To Stout Horizontal Tiburon And Trident

Invented in the 1930s, fiberglass was first used as heat insulation before automobile enthusiasts came to recognize its potential as a material for car bodies and other components. Although early experimentation by major auto manufacturers revealed that fiberglass was poorly suited to high volume production, enterprising fabricators appreciated its strength and light weight and found it easy to mold by hand into shapes that would have been all but impossible to create in metal. From Corvettes to dune buggies, many of the most iconic fiberglass customs and production cars of the past half-century are on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum beginning in the spring of 2010. Together, they offer an interesting contrast to both the mainstream cars that populate our motoring landscape and those made of carbon fiber, the newest wonder material to be embraced by today’s innovators.

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