Although hundreds of kit car companies have cranked out fabulous fiberglass flyers over the years, only a fraction of them built more than a handful of cars before slipping into oblivion. One of the few companies to leave a mark on the industry was Kellison Engineering, started in 1958 by former Air Force pilot Jim Kellison, who built the handsome J-4 coupe. Kellison made a staggering number of models, some of which he designed, some he bought from other manufacturers.
Kellison passed away in 2004, leaving behind thousands of wonderful kit cars to carry on his name. Over the years, the cars were sold by Kellison Engineering, Kellison Inc., Allied Fiberglass (under the Astra name), and Lincoln Industries. All four companies were located in California in the ’60s and ’70s. There were many variations on Kellison bodies, with alternate grilles and trim commonplace.
In 1970, Kellison shut down Kellison Inc., and opened a successful book store. But he couldn’t stay away from the aroma of curing fiberglass, so in 1976 he started building the Stallion, one of the first-generation of Cobra replicas, before trading in the kit car industry for the jewelry business in 1980.
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