The Astra Coupe
The Astra Coupe is a handmade sports coupe designed and built by Jay Everett.
When asked about the inspiration for his groundbreaking car in the January 1954 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, Jay Everett remarked, “I’m tired of looking at lead barges” – a surprisingly succinct answer for a project that required tremendous effort and exceptional talent!
Although Everett later enjoyed a highly successful career as a model maker, the car presented here preceded all those projects. Among other accomplishments, he is credited with developing the distinctive shape of the Michelob beer bottle as well as pre-production models of the famous Eames molded-plastic chairs, Polaroid cameras and World’s Fair exhibits for the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen.
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