This photo shows the prototype being worked on in the Intermeccanica factory in Trofarello, Italy in 1971.
The above photo was taken of Ed Felnin sitting in the prototype during a visit to the Intermechannica
auto works in Italy. Note the flip-down windshield which never passed DOT standards.
The Squire SS-100 prototype in 1971. This Squire disappeared for many years until...
... it was found in an old garage in Philadelphia in March 2010 by Gibbs Connors.
It was originally owned by Ed Felbin. Art Stahl never recognized it as a prototype (because photos of it in the
USA were not available) so he assigned the Squire the serial number 15. No reason was ever found about why
Art assigned that number to Ed Felbin's Squire.
We do know that Felbin never paid the mechanic, Armando, for all the work he did to the Squires as they came into the USA
to make them DOT compliant. So Armando made him an offer he couln't refuse - thus the
Squire ownership for the prototype passed to Armando and sat in the garage until Gibbs found it.
This Squire has an Automatic transmission. Note the ignition switch on the steering wheel column.
This photo shows the wishbone rear bumper support that appears only on the prototype.
Gibbs Connors then sold the Squire Prototype to Runar Eidem in Norway. Check out the fabulous restoration!
The car has been repainted in the original yellow color. In the process we found that the right side has been painted red first.
Maybe they tried the red, and then landed at yellow.
One of the differences between the prototype and the cars from the “production line”,
is the rubber stripes at the doorstep. The prototype has four, one more than the others.
The pinstriping is a copy, photo by photo, of the original handwork.
The sidemirror is the same as shows on the photos from the Intermeccanica factory, where Ed Felbin is out on the first test-drive.
The mirror is from an Alfa Romeo, on a rod, probably because the arm was too short. It is now re-chromed.
Later cars mostly has the mirrors at the front fenders.
It is funny to read the VIN 720101-AT. Truly unique and only found on the prototype.
Production Squires had VINs with 8 digit numbers only i.e., 11008525.
Another difference from the later cars is the body-shape above the fire-wall, where
there is made room for the battery at the right side, and some “luggage” at the driver side.
The engine has been out for a check. There are no signs of use at all. It looks like new inside.
All fluids has been replaced, the carburetor rebuild, all brake-parts and ignition-parts is new.
The engine is re-painted in the original colors.
The radiator shell and other parts were formed by hand beating metal laid over
wooden bucks with sand bags.
The extra lights are Carello.
Only the prototype has the possibility to fold down the windshield.
The wheels will be refurbished this winter (2018).
There will be made a knew rag-top copied from the original, as soon as the right manufacturer shows up.
Hopefully, the same manufacturer will refurbish the upper half of the doors with the side
plexi-glass windows. The parade-boot is intact and good as new. The photo shows the full Jaeger instrumentation.
Only the prototype has these tail-lights.
The car will probably be completed during first half of 2019.
Well done, Runar! Great restoration work!