History of Glassic (or Replicars)
production quantities also appear below.

The history contained here is compiled from various sources. The credibility of each item is for you to
evaluate. Even un-verified items are included since they can provide clues to the reader.
The summary below is followed by a more detailed history.

A note of caution. There were changes to the production models from year to year, but also, owners have changed the cars themselves, so it sometimes may be difficult to determine which changes were factory change and which were owner modifications. Although there is no sign that Glassic owners are, in any way, "purists", keep in mind that an owner modification may, or may not have improved the car.

Click here to also read the story of the company that
made Glassics and Replicars.

History Summary -- The text of this summary may be copied freely for use as a reference on other websites.
Glassic Automobiles

By Don Davis --- http://GlassicAnnex.org

Approximately 1600 fiberglass-bodied replicas of 1931 Model A Fords were made by the Glassic Company in West Palm Beach Florida. They were manufactured between about 1966 and 1981, at first using International Scout four-cylinder engines and chassis, changing in 1972 to Mustang 302 cubic inch V-8 engines and specially built frames.

Most of the cars were Phaeton body style, but there were some Roadsters and only three pickup trucks built. The company changed their name to Replicars in 1975, so later models used that name, although the name "Glassic" is used as a generic term for both nameplates.

Glassic replicas are sometimes confused with Shay replicas, about 5,000 of which were made during a similar time period. The Shay replicas more closely resemble the actual Model A, whereas the Glassics were modified a little in appearance to be more practical for contemporary driving. The Shay replicas used Pinto 4-cylinder engines, and consisted mostly of rumble-seat Roadsters and Roadster pickup trucks. Glassics can be identified by their wider doors and more contemporary 14 inch or 15 inch wheels.

 

Historical Item

Source of data

Types of Replicas - There are two manufacturers of production-line, fully completed, turn-key Ford Model A replicas.

SHAY, who made mostly roadsters and roadster pickup trucks, were pretty close replicas, using many Model A parts. Those cars had Pinto engines, appear to have all been 4 cylinder, and were mostly standard transmission with some automatic transmission models. For info on THAT type of replica, see the web page. Their total production was about 5000 vehicles.*

http://www.geocities.com/shaymodela/

GLASSIC who made mostly phaeton models, and some roadsters. Those cars took liberties with authenticity in order to make a more comfortable car. This history concerns those cars.

General research.

* from a contributor to their message board.

How many Glassics were made?

PRODUCTION QUANTITIES

A Glassic prototype was built in 1963 which had no VIN assigned to it. I have given it a number of 0 (zero) Article on it is here.

Production began with serial number 101

The lowest serial number found so far is #101, from 1966

Serial numbers 1001 to 1211 or so could be on TWO cars - one made by Glassic in the early '70s and and the same number on a Replicars from 1977.

The highest serial numbers found so far are
 #1508 manufactured 12/30/1981
That car reported here by its new owner in Aug. 2009
# 1509 contacted the Annex in Dec. 2012 - a higher VIN, but with a 10/10/81 date of production. The  Bill of Sale for this car was dated Feb. 23, 1982.

From that we can conclude:

Estimated known production: from 1966 to 1981: (from cars registered with the Glassic Annex)

Name / engine

VIN range

Quantity

Prototype 0
(VIN assigned by the Annex)
1

Glassics - International
(change to Ford V-8 appears to be
between car 432 and 433

101 - 432

331

Glassics - Ford V-8
1972-1975

433- 1211

778

Replicars - Ford V-8
1976-1981

1001 - 1509

508

The builder's personal car
made after production stopped
1982
9999
(VIN assigned by the Annex)
1

Best Estimate of Total Quantity

 

1619

See also the estimated yearly production chart on the Changes by Year page

You can expect production figures to become more accurate as we get new info.

 

CAR PRICES WHEN NEW
1966 --$3850 from article in International Trail magazine
1966  (March 16th) $3777 from a sales letter.

1966 (May 10th) $3856 from a sales letter. (The earlier price of $3777 had been overwritten)
1967 (May 11) -- $4,760 (+165 shipping) From Abercrombie & Fitch bill of sale.
1971 -- $4,300 + $301 Federal Excise Tax from bill of sale 5/3/71 (roadster)
1972 (Aug.28) -- $7,295 From a factory quote letter spotted on eBay (price for either a Roadster or Phaeton)

1973 --$7,595 from article in Special Interest Autos Magazine
1974
-- $8,900 from report of LA Times ad on 7/28/74 (see 1974 below)
1975 -- $9,900 
(June 9) from a sales letter to a prospective buyer
1976 -- $11,500 -
from THIS 1976 flyer
1977 -- $12,900
from article in Palm Beach Post 1/25/77
1977 -- $13,287
from order form for car 1085 1/25/77
1979 - $14,750
from a bill of sale for car 1290, sold Jan. 1979
see literature.
1979 -- $14,950
from a reader quoting "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Automobiles:
1981 -- $17,950 from a draft copy of an ad 1/20/81. The ad never ran and that figure was crossed out on the draft -- suggesting that the price would have been higher.
1980 -81 -- Phaeton $20,650 - Roadster $21,150 from an order form. Prices good 8/80 to 4/30/81
1981 - Roadster $21,800 incl. 2 side mounts and luggage rack. from Bill of Sale, car 1509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price information accumulated from a variety of sources.

THE COMPANY NAME

Classic Motor Car Company, Inc. (West Palm Beach, FL) (1964)
Mame used until October, 1972

Glassic Motors of Palm Beach, Inc. (1973) (Palm Beach, FL)
Name used between October, 1972 and July, 1975

Replicars, Inc. (1975) (West Palm Beach, FL)
Name used from the last half of 1975 until production ended.

The cars are referred to interchangably as Glassics, and as being made by Replicars. It appears that the name Replicars was used in the last few years of production. Ownership of the company changed hands at least once during its lifetime.

Cars produced from the beginning of 1976 carry the name "Replicars"

Filings for these names appear in Florda Corporate Records. The dates represent filing dates, and their meaning is unclear, since Glassic name was used in 1966.
1965 First prototype finished. Limited production may have begun in 1965 From magazine article published 1973. See the link under "1973"
September 1966: New role for Scout 800’s. A West Palm Beach , Florida manufacturer purchased hundreds of Scout chassis to support his reproduction version of the 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Phaeton automobile. It was called the “Glassic” and was a popular vehicle.

Article appeared in International Trail magazine

A news item in International Scout History
(information from INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS Spring 1992) (By Dr. Todd Sommer)
1971 - See a bill of sale from this year  
1972 First year for use of Ford V-8 engines and first year for automatic transmission. The transition to the use of the Ford engines began in 1970 and was completed by 1971. Cars with data plates showing manufacture in 1972 are the first Ford engined cars located so far.

Read recent correspondence from a Glassic employee in 1972-73

Production quantity from beginning to now, about 400 cars.

Per an ad for a Roadster by Bob's Classics in Clearwater FL

From magazine article referenced in 1973 below

1973 Cars this year can be found with the Ford engine, automatic transmission but leaf springs front and rear, and a frame that looks considerably heavier compared to a 1978 Glassic. Gas filler this year was in the base of the platform on the back of the Phaeton. By 1978 it was off to the side, between the platform and the right fender.

Article appeared in Special Interest Autos Magazine

Comparison by John, (owner of #732) and car #1254
1974

I just looked thru my old replicar stuff and came up with an ad from the Los Angeles Times dated July 28, 1974.It's pen-and-ink illustration, not a photograph, but the car is a red roadster with black fenders.Some of the text says

"Drive a Smilemobile and the whold world smiles with you.. The new Glassic is a hand-crafted fiberglass with a Ford V-8 and automatic transmission covered by Ford warranty and service nationwide...Price: $8900 FOB Palm Beach FL.... The Glassic Motor Car Company, 250 South County Road, palm Beach Florida 33480."
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I worked for Glassic in 1974-75.
They were located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Off Belvedere Road next to the Dog Track, FWIW.
I don't recall too much but know that the original cars were built on the Int'l Scout chassis, this was probably in the late 60's. I understood that the original builder DID NOT pull molds off any specific year of Model A but incorporated features from several years. He sold the firm and I worked under the new owners. The built the car on a custom-made chassis utilizing Ford suspension and running gear. I believe the chassis were fabricated by a subcontractor in S. Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach or Delray Beach I think.
I was 21-22 at the time and worked in body fabrication, graduating to lead worker and spray operator. Then the best of the body crew was pulled off the Fords to pursue the new owner's plans to expand into Auburn Boat-tailed Speedster and Cord reps at IBM's original building in Boca Raton (we used about 10% of the space and ran go-karts in the rest). Altho we did manage to build a few Auburns and held a Grand Opening in NYC, the effort effectively bankrupted the company and that, I believe, was the end of Glassic
John

Posted by Rick Black on July 25, 1998 at 00:03:31
RickBlack@aol.com



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Narrative by John Pardillo on July 26, 2000 in response to a posting on a discussion group regarding Glassics

1976 Replicars was coming into existence and was taking orders. Cars bought in late 1976 were made in 1977 as far as we can tell.  
1977 At the first of the year, the first cars carrying the name Replicars were sold. Evidence uncovered 4/2002 suggests that the VIN number of the cars may have been re-started at 1001. This would mean some duplicate VIN numbers exist with both Glassic and Replicars names.  
1978 By this time the cars had coil springs front and rear, disc brakes in the front and air conditioning. This evolves from the beginning when the running gear was 4 cylinder International Scout based, no air conditioning, standard transmission. This year had the monster VW tail lights and parking lights and a full array of anti-pollution devices hiding the engine. per various comparisons
1980 - 1981 Sometime after December, 1981 Replciars ceased production. Exact date of last car produced may be impossible to determine. See highest serial number on the OWNERS list page 3