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Custom (curved) Windshield Manufacturer?

WHLanteigne WHLanteigne
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 08/08
Posted: 08/17/08
10:38 AM

It had to be 20-25 years ago I read a Kit Car magazine article about a company that made custom curved windshields for limited production (expensive) or one-off (insanely expensive) applications.
I can't find the 20-some-odd year old magazine (go figure) and can't remember the name of the company.

Has anyone remembered to take their memory pills, does anyone remember the article or the company, and are they still around?


ekimball ekimball
Administrator | Posts: 178 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 08/21/08
01:58 PM

Not sure, but I would think that some company would be able to provide this service, even if it isn't the one from 20 years ago! Now I can't vouch for how expensive it would be and I guess it would depend on the application, does anyone have any advice or resources for this?  

Gullwing Gullwing
New User | Posts: 11 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 09/03/08
02:09 PM

I got my 300SL from Pilkington glass. I think they are in England. They manufactured a run of 50 windshields, rear glass, side and vent windows etc. for the 300SL when they became unavailable from Mercedes. I can only imagine the cost. I am told that they typically make a carbon/graphite mold. So that already sounds expensive.

You also have to decide if you want "safety glass" or "tempered glass". A more realistic approach for prototype or low volume would be using plastic such as polycarbonate or Lexan  

Burtreyn0lds Burtreyn0lds
User | Posts: 64 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 09/04/08
03:34 PM

Yeah Lexan is a good option, you might be able to get a basic template some where though, i mean people chop glass in some cars so it can be done.  

manta427 manta427
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 08/09
Posted: 08/31/09
06:03 PM

Iam not sure but I think the windshield needs to be DOT aproved, and safety glass to run on the street in CA. Iam also looking for a windshield to replace a Manta Mirage built in the 70's. If anyone knows of a mfg. please let me know. Varcon made custom windshields,but was sold  five years ago to PPG glass Company. Where do the kit car mfg's have the windshields made for kit cars?
This is where I think we should look for a mfg to make custom one-off curved windshield.  

gomes gomes
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/10
Posted: 07/16/10
02:32 PM

My apologize for butting in . Found your thread. just real quick, we make one off glass windshields here we use bucks for molds or the original glass off vehicle. these are laminated safety windows that meet all safety laws and are DOT approved for street use.
Any body interested pm me. Thanks again Tony
Tri Valley Auto Glass

Again, sorry for the interruption