This vehicle will be used to build one of his first masterpieces. This project is supported by Jim Street, a young businessman from Ohio who has promotional ambitions. The car will have to be exuberant outside and unexpected inside.
Its futuristic body that has nothing in common with a Capri is entirely painted in gold and white, including a preparation based on scales of sardines that gives it at the beginning a smell of fish market. The interior is equipped like an apartment, with a bar and its ice cooler, a television, a radio and a tape recorder. Barris names it the Golden Sahara. The specialized press designates it as the $ 25,000 custom car.
From 1954 to 1956 the Golden Sahara is the demonstrator of the know-how of Barris and begins to be famous. In 1956 Jim Street understands its real profitability. In accordance with the craze of his time he decides to robotize it to the maximum, with remote-controlled functions such as starting and rolling with nobody inside and opening doors from far away, or quite absurd such as the replacement of the steering wheel by magnets.
Jim Street names his reworked car the Golden Sahara II. He rents it to car dealers wishing to draw crowds into their showrooms after announcing it in the local press as the $ 75,000 futuristic car.
Success is growing. In 1960 the Golden Sahara II plays the dream car in the Cinderfella movie where Jerry Lewis is a male equivalent to Cinderella. In 1962 Jim Street himself demonstrated his car in the broadcast show I've Got a Secret. A few years later he considered that the profits related to this car could not be further maintained. He escaped it without communicating.
For half a century the Golden Sahara II was lost. Yet it was in a place that perfectly matched it, the private garage of Jim Street. Resurfacing in the deceased estate of the businessman, it will be sold with no reserve by Mecum in Indianapolis on May 19, lot S 113. Please watch the video shared by CC Car Curiosity, largely inspired by the catalog of the auction house.
SOLD for $ 385K including premium