My father was a Chevrolet Dealer in the 1960's in New York City. In 1964 Industrial Designer Brookes Steven's and his two son's David and Steve approached my Father (Jerry Allen) to place the Excalibur prototype in the 1965 NYC auto show.
I have been riding in Excalibur's since I was 7 years old and have been driving them since I was 15. I am now approaching 60. My father was the first dealer and sold them for 20 years in N.Y. and in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. until 1985.
Here is the connection story from Brooks Steven's.
So, Jerry Allen was clearly a key person in the foundation of the Excalibur marque, not only because he was the New York Show organizer (without whom Brooks could never have exhibited his car), but also because he was a Chevrolet concessionaire in the Big Apple. Brooks Stevens remembered that: "We engineered sufficient interest at the Show to convince him...we even took twelve firm orders...and we named Allen the sole concessionaire for the East Coast. He sold our first cars like the proverbial hot cakes as he had an absolutely prime location in New York, including a sumptuous showroom right next to the Coliseum. But, he was also rather worried about something which eventually caused the first modification to be carried out to our car. One day he said to us: 'Listen guys, I don't give a damn about your Studebaker chassis because nobody can see it and the maker's name isn't stamped on it. The problem is that I can't sell cars powered by Studebaker engines from a showroom that's on the ground floor of the General Motors building. The director's office is on the top floor and one day they're going to stop off at my showroom out of curiosity on their way to lunch and I'm going to have my ass kicked. Couldn't you put a Chevrolet engine in it?' Of course we could...and our first Excalibur turned out to be the one and only one with a Studebaker engine; all subsequent machines received Chevrolet power!"
And the news spread like a bush fire. Steve Stevens exhibited the New York Show car a month later in California at a concourse sponsored by "Road & Track" magazine and once more it was a rave success. A few weeks later it was featured in an article in the magazine "Automobile Quarterly" and immediately afterwards the mail started pouring in to Stevens. In July of the same year, Steve, his brother David and their father founded their company.
Production of 5 different Series ended in 1989.
Series I's Roadster's where equipped w Chevrolet 327's with M22 4 speed's.
Series II's came with 454 Cu. In. 4 speeds with automatic's optional.
Series III's have 454's with Turbo 400 Automatics and all corvette suspension.
My car is a 1976 Series III Phaeton (4 place) with 19K original miles. (Brown and Beige.)
These cars drive great and are so much fun and easy to drive.
That is my father in the other two pictures.
Bucket list vehicle. Full restorations and parts are still available from
Camelot Classic Cars, in Milwaukee Wisconsin.