Established by Gaylord Brothers of Chicago in the early ’50s, Gaylord was set to be the producer of luxurious sports cars for the world’s wealthiest clientele. The brothers inherited a fortune and wanted to invest a big part of it into a car company under their name (via Hagerty).
Their first and only project was called Gladiator, and it debuted at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, causing quite a stir among the world’s car enthusiasts. The Gaylord Gladiator featured a 300 HP V8 (Chrysler Hemi or Cadillac), top speed of 120 mph, and 0 to 60 mph time of 8 seconds which was pretty spectacular for the standards of the day. Gaylord brothers made only two cars. There is a legend of the third car made in Germany, but nothing was ever confirmed.