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KEVIN LYONS HISTORY

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Our founder Kevin Lyons was introduced to cars at age 4 by his Mom and Dad through toys and art. By adolescence engineering and building super cars from complete scratch became more challenging than restoring or customizing pre-existing cars. The images below are document of some of his solo engineering and fabrication build accomplishments, that he calls labors of love. 

First 4 Wheels with his Mom
First 4 Wheels with his Mom
Joretta & Kevin Lyons
Joretta & Kevin Lyons

Kevin's mother always knew to steer him in the direction of what he loved cars and art. Age 5 1965

Kevin Lyons
Kevin Lyons

Kevin in his first car. Age 5 1965

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Starting at a early age cars were a major influence on Kevin. Age 5 1965

Kevin Lyons
Kevin Lyons

Kevin always took a photo with newest car he could find. 1966.

Sir Duke Lyons
Sir Duke Lyons

"What do you want I'm busy" from the Longshoreman who instilled in his sons"if you want it go out and work for it.

Duke Lyons
Duke Lyons

Get down on the ground and do it yourself...At 85 years old (2010) installing running boards on his new Arcadia. Note: the creeper he's laying on previously owned by his father Duke Lyons Sr. Now a Lyons Motor Car heirloom.

Chassis Blueprint
Chassis Blueprint

Blueprint for improved chassis design for Kevin's Lamborghini build project.

1 of Many Fabrication Projects
1 of Many Fabrication Projects

Hand fabrication means making every structural part from scratch. 2002

Kevin driving a rolling chassis
Kevin driving a rolling chassis

Proud moment driving one of his 430 HP rolling chassis to neighborhood alignment shop.

Oversized Aerial Atom !
Oversized Aerial Atom !

This running chassis only weighed 1000 lbs

Cool stainless fuel cells there
Cool stainless fuel cells there

Rolling and driving chassis, hand fabricated including the sand cast wheels.

Serious Engineering
Serious Engineering

Their Father and son projects were amazingly successful. Of course built from scratch creating blueprints.

Chasis fabrication Project
Chasis fabrication Project

This reveals some incredible engineering, Kevin always positioned his mid mounted engines facing rearward with transmission in front and differential mounted offset in the rear.It's now a patented drivetrain layout for Lyons Motor Car.

Sir Duke Lyons
Sir Duke Lyons

Kevin's Father. He wired it so he needed to pose with it.

Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 SE
Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 SE

2001 Lamborghini Diablo uses 300ZX headlights

Rear diff mount detail.
Rear diff mount detail.

Detail of offset rear diff and axles set up for all of his drive train designs. 355:1 gears

Scratch build a car 100% solo
Scratch build a car 100% solo

Very lonely task

Dana 60 IRS diff
Dana 60 IRS diff

NO TRANSAXLES NEEDED

WWIAD (weeks work in a day)
WWIAD (weeks work in a day)
Hand made Fuel Cells
Hand made Fuel Cells

Dual stainless cells TIG melded and baffled.

Duke Lyons
Duke Lyons

The mechanical and electrical genius Duke Lyons admiring his sons work with a stern nod. 6 figure masterpieces engineered in his father's back yard. 2007

Interior done from scratch
Interior done from scratch

All gauges, stainless bezels done in Adobe Illustrator by Kevin Lyons

Gauge detail
Gauge detail

2" analogs.

Hand made Carbon trim
Hand made Carbon trim

Note Accessory belts facing rearward.

Kevin's last buid
Kevin's last buid

1978 Olds 442 a 11 flat quater mile muscle car with 560 HP 600lbs torque 455ci engine.

And the Winner is !!
And the Winner is !!

A show winner at Carlisle.

On lookers were shocked
On lookers were shocked

Some said, if he built this in his backyard by himself, imagine what he could do with crew and engineering team.

The spark that started it all
The spark that started it all

Problem Kevin's friends told him it's still a "fake" Lamborghini that upset him.

Original Diablo Kevin saw
Original Diablo Kevin saw

This is the photo Kevin took at Jacob Javits Center in 2001. He originally set out to duplicate this actual car after the man in the suit stereotyped him and said you can't afford this one don't touch. His result is on the next page.