Fiberglass Find – 1953 Woodill Wildfire

1953 Woodill Wildfire1950s America produced what seems like an endless number of different low production, fiberglass-bodied sports cars. This Woodill Wildfire is yet another one. Produced by Willys dealer B. Robert “Woody” Woodill, it wore a relatively familiar looking Glasspar fiberglass shell that was laid over a custom frame, a Willys straight-six and various other Willys bits that Woodill would have had ample supply of. The Wildfire sold as a kit or as a complete car, and today only around ten are thought to exist. This example out of Cherry Hill, New Jersey is represented as an unrestored original and, if so, it is remarkably clean. It features a Kaiser Hurricane straight-six engine, thin whitewall tires, a rear-mounted spare and a basic but solid and functional interior. The frame and engine bay are clean, the trim is all there, and the car runs and drives.

This example was supposedly even featured in Johnny Dark, a 1954 film starring Tony Curtis that used three Wildfires during production. That nifty bit of provenance and the sheer rarity of this car make it an appealing choice, especially since it is a solid and unrestored example. If you really wanted a 1950s American sports car you would probably buy a T-Bird or a Corvette, but this is just so much more interesting.

Check out the 1953 Woodill Wildfire here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $18,600.



  1. Stephen Swain says:

    There appear to be some Kaiser design cues in that car, especially the tail lights and lines. That grill, though, is scary. Nice article.

  2. Hi Gang…

    Thanks for posting this story and recognizing some of the cool fiber-creations of the 1950s. Here’s a link to our website highlighting articles on Woodill Wildfire:

    Hope you enjoy the stories and keep up the good work.

    Geoff Hacker
    Forgotten Fiberglass

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