FIRST ALL-GLASS CAR BODY FROM BRITISH MATERIALS
Galt-Glass Division of Durasteel Ltd.,
415 Oldfield Lane,
Pictures courtesy of the 'Malcolm Buckler collection'.
Text version of the above letter.
GALT-GLASS DIVISION OF DURASTEEL LTD.,
415 OLDFIELD LANE,
Britain Produces First European All-Glass Car Body from British Materials.
The Galt-Glass Division of Durasteel Ltd., have produced, at Greenford, the first British car body entirely consisting of Galt-Glass mouldings. Of modern streamline form, these Galt-Glass panels have been fitted by Mr. Stewart Gait to his personal sports car. This car has the Buckler alloy steel sports chassis of all-welded tubular construction, specified because of its extreme lightness, great strength and rigidity. Glass fabrics developed by Messrs. Fothergill & Harvey Ltd., of Manchester, for aircraft use are embodied in this latest development of resin-bonded glass moulding. Advantages of particular value to the motorist are conferred by the Galt-Glass principle, which allows great reduction in weight (one-fifth of equivalent steel) with consequent fuel economy; great mechanical strength and resistance to minor abrasions; elimination of corrosion; and added silence.
From the production standpoint Galt-Glass Laminates are able to offer greater scope to the designer and body stylist than hitherto possible. Manufacturing costs are at the same time minimised. Valuable experience has been gained for this new application from the Gait-Glass products already marketed by Durasteel Ltd., which range from translucent corrugated roofing lights to special Government research developments.
1st May, 1953
Any information on Galt-Glass history would be gratefully received.