The term speedster?

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02 Nov 2005 08:58 #3860 by bcdesign
bcdesign created the topic: The term speedster?
Anyone knows what does the term speedster mean exactly?
Where does it come from?
Who first used it for in car designation? and When?

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03 Nov 2005 07:04 #3865 by bcdesign
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I had this response from Jon Bill, archivist at acd museum:

"In the U.S., the term "Speedster" was first used in the late 1920s by automobile manufacturers to denote their sport-like models. With most, but not all, the rear end of the car resembled the inverted front-end of a boat; thus the term "Boattail Speedster". Auburn first built a prototype speedster in 1927 and introduced the model to the public in the 1928 model year. We have in our collection a 1911 Metallurgique racer (built in Belgium) that has a boattail. We believe that it is one of the first applications of that body style."

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