1937 Concept Car by bmac62 ()
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One of the more unusual cars in Reno's National Automobile Museum. This is the 1937 Airomobile.
It was designed and built to be sold as a "peoples car", like the Volkswagen. This prototype was driven 45,000 miles around the USA to stir up interest of potential buyers and investors.
Two things spelled doom for this well engineered, unusual three wheeler...investors never came and the onset of World War II changed priorities for everybody.
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Crazy looking car Bill. But it looks as though it'd been a winner for people as they invest in a first car? We had a similar thing here in the sixties although smaller. We called it the bubble car, they were really nifty too. One got inside by opening the entire front of the car steering column and all :) Nice shooting buddy
OH, my! Nice collage of a strange vehicle. Looks like a Volkswagen crossed with the tail of a plane. I see no rear view mirrors and wonder how one can see what's behind. The rear windows are SO high up. Also, the trunk entrance from the side must be a back killer when loading baggage. Being a 3 wheeler, I wonder about sideways stability, particularily in strong cross winds. Good use of the lighting. Thanks for doing this as a collage. We really get an idea of how this odd fellow looks. And thanks for the history! Somehow it reminds me of the Aerotrain, a failed General Motors attempt att putting Greyhound buses on railroad tracks in the early 1950s (my first model was one of the Aerotrain, made by Varney).