1962 El Tiburon Shark Roadster Was A Fiberglass Masterpiece

The 1962 El Tiburon was a brainchild of engineering designer Henry Covington,who started developing it in the early 1960s. Living inSt. Petersburg, Florida, he was inspired by the aerodynamic rules of Dr. Augustus Raspet, a renowned aerodynamics specialist. Thinking of creating a fiberglass car featuring shark shape using the doctor’s principles, Covington took help from fiberglass professional Glenn Gums of Glenn Industries to create a prototype of El Tiburon coupe. The duo hired Caccicraft of Tampa, Florida, to create six coupes, but unfortunately, Henry Covington died in May 1962, so the development discontinued.

Glenn Gums was so inspired that he decided to continue the production of El Tiburon but with different alterations. Some of the biggest changes included switching the coupe design to a roadster design, the addition of doors, and larger headlights. Glenn managed to create five El Tiburon Roadsters between 1962 and 1965.

The El Tiburon was deemed the most aerodynamic car of that era, and this was recognized by Road & Track magazine in 1966 when they honored it with the most streamlined car in the world award. The fiberglass car employed a Renault 4CV engine to feed power to the wheels.

The Shark Roadster is still alive staying in the garage of Geoffrey Hacker (a passionate car collector) who restored it in the early 1980s and presented it at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.