Lew Retzer (who does not have a computer) called me last night about a couple things and mentioned that a friend of his who is an appraiser by profession was called out to California to look at a V-8 equipped Darrin recently. Lew indicated that the appraiser also saw paperwork that indicated Howard Darrin acquired 100 (not 50) of the cars from Kaiser-Willys Sales Corporation. Lew is going to try to get back to the man to see if a copy of the document (or at least more details on the paperwork) can be obtained.
Based on the dealer situation in 1954, I would not be that surprised if the number was 100 rather than 50. I would also not be surprised if it turned out that Dutch got the cars as a final settlement for design work and royalities paid. He did not turn the design over to his clients; he licensed them (Packard, K-F, etc) to use his work and they paid him so much a car. He retained rights to license the design to any other company or build himself off the design (like the original 1947 Darrin automobile).