Troutman & Barnes - 1950s-1960s - Los Angeles, California


The design, all Brock's own work, was built by the Troutman-Barnes stable, a highly respected US body builders of the 1950s/1960s

1951 Troutman-Barnes Special

Troutman-Barnes Mercury Special

The car would be designed and developed by Dick Troutman, Dick Barnes

They were designed by Troutman & Barnes, designer of the Scarabs & in Busch Livery (right) they looked like Scarabs

This SCARAB was built in 1983 at the request of Lance Reventlow's brother as a tribute to Lance. It was built to original specifications by famed California race car builders Troutman & Barnes - the same shop that built the original cars in the late 50s.

1961 Chaparral Sports Racing Car, one of the two Jim Hall cars built by Troutman & Barnes that raced with some success in 1962-63,

The Mustang I was built by Troutman-Barnes, a Southern California custom car building firm.

Mustang I, a fully functional, hand-built concept designed by Roy Lunn and crafted by Troutman-Barnes of Culver City.


Deemed the 100-day wonder, the Mustang I was the first in a string of public,  functional show cars to come out of the Ford Corporate Project Studio.  Troutman-Barnes, a Los Angeles-based race car fabrication shop, was chosen to do the actual construction. Two Mustang I vehicles were actually produced, the first a nicely detailed, but non-running fiberglass mockup, and the second an identical, fully functional, competition-equipped vehicle that was taken to the Grosse Point raceway  for on-road testing and to gauge the reaction of the public and auto journalists.


McKee - Traco Chevy - Troutman Barnes body, built (but never finished) for Roger Ward.


Shortly before the President of Hino died, Pete Brock set about designing a Hino Prototype, with the aim of entering it in the 1967 Japanese Grand Prix and even at Le Mans. The design, all Brock's own work, was built by the Troutman-Barnes stable, a highly respected US body builders of the 1950s/1960s. The aluminium body sat over a tubular steel frame, which housed the 1293cc Contessa engine. Brock built the engine to Group 2 specification, Engel supplied the camshaft, and Mallory the ignition. Carbs were twin Mikuni-Solex downdraught items. Engine cooling was aided by Brock's use of aerodynamics through two vents behind the cockpit (similar to the vents on his AC Cobra Daytona which cooled the back brakes). Downforce could be adjusted by a ratchet mechanism on the rear aerofoil.

The prototype, which Brock named the Samurai, was hailed a styling triumph, and was featured in several magazines, including the front cover of Road & Track. As far as the Japanese Grand Prix was concerned, Brock was not able to see his latest creation perform, because the stewards deemed the Samurai to have insufficient ground clearance and the car was disqualified. Brock was not too downhearted by this turn of events because the disqualification brought more publicity and drew more attention to his talents from the Japanese motor industry.



Originally, the shop of Troutman & Barnes in Culver City built his cars in the late 50s, but he moved into the Venice facility in 1959. With his eye on Formula One racing, Reventlow and his Scarabs became the first American cars ever to run at Monte Carlo, in 1960, spending $1.5 million for the 2 car entry. But
success just didn't come to Reventlow, and his operation folded in 1962.

It was there that Shelby found Phil Remington, who had designed the last Scarab, a rear-engined sports car powered by a small block Chevy engine. "I just came with the building" Remington remembers, "only switching payrolls." Remington then went on to design and develop the Cobra Daytona coupe, another success story for Shelby American.

One of the Chaparrals you don't hear much about is the first one, which would make a great replica. It was a Troutman & Barnes space frame, front-engined and mouse-motored, that looked like an updated Scarab (which T&B had engineered, also). It was a real "Murican-style hot-rod sports racer, around 1500 lb. with a Chevy V8.


In 1962 Troutman & Barnes built the Mustang I prototype for Ford that was designed by John Naijar.



For more information please read:

Troutman-Barnes Cars - Road & Track, November 1967 

Troutman-Barnes - Sports Car International Magazine - #156 May 2003

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Car

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Era

Beverly Rae Kimes - Packard: A History of the Motorcar and Company

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Raymond A. Katzell - The Splendid Stutz

Marc Ralston - Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - There Is No Mistaking a Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Thomas E. Bonsall - The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence

Fred Roe - Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Arthur W. Soutter - The American Rolls-Royce

John Webb De Campi - Rolls-Royce in America

Hugo Pfau - The Custom Body Era

Hugo Pfau - The Coachbult Packard

Griffith Borgeson - Cord: His Empire His Motor Cars

Don Butler - Auburn Cord Duesenberg

George H. Dammann - 90 Years of Ford

George H. Dammann & James K. Wagner - The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury

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Maurice D. Hendry - Cadillac, Standard of the World: The complete seventy-year history

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