Champion of Chamblee Bodies
Champion of Chamblee was late getting into the body business, thrashing mightily for a few years, and then disappearing as a body supplier. Their 1968 catalog includes 21 different bodies, and a few anomalies! For example:
1. Part number 103 on page 39 is a Chaparral 2C, but on page 38, part number 103-C is a Chaparral 2D. I presumed the "C" in 103-C stands for "concours", but if that were so both bodies should be the same, either 2C or 2D... right? Apparently not.
2. The photo of Champion part number CP-111 is (again I presume) a Dino Ferrari, because the Dino Ferrari on page 39 is part number 111. What the "CP" stands for is a mystery. I'm not sure I want to guess! If you know what the "CP" stands for, how about sharing it with the rest of us?
3. The Lola GT coupe body in the photo of the $5.95 Ready-to-Run dated January 1968 doesn't seem to appear in the Champion catalog as a separate body at all, however a "lighter, lower" Lola GT coupe does appear in a full page Champion ad in the June issue of Car Model magazine. Same body? Probably not.
Also in the June 1968 Champion ad are "wider, lower, lighter" Lotus 40 and McLaren M6A bodies. Were these actually Champion bodies?
Nine months later, Champion seems to have bowed out of producing their own bodies altogether. Another full page Champion ad in the March 1969 issue of Car Model includes a Ready-to-Run anglewinder sports car with a Dynamic McLaren M8A body.
By the way, in the interest of accuracy, let's get our words right! By dictionary definition, a "concourse" (the way it is spelled in the Champion catalog) is a either an "assemblage or gathering of people", or a "wide boulevard or other broad thoroughfare". On the other hand a "concours" (pronounced "kon-kor") is a public contest or competition (which may or may not have anything to do with cars). A Concours d'elegance is a "public exhibition and competition in which automobiles or other vehicles are judged, chiefly on the basis of elegance and beauty". Vocabulary lesson concluded.
At any rate, here are the photos and ads: