Where do you even start creating the most interesting list of classic American cars? Or, the weirdest car in America? Of course, when you talk about interesting cars, there are many frigates worth seeing, Camaros, Where the wild horse is. of Chrysler Airflow Absolutely cool, Rear engine Chevrolet Covillewith Vintage 16-cylinder Cadillac models from the 1930s. But a little deeper, you will really understand Strange Cars, most of them are so advanced, peculiar, or just different, that they hardly ever turn the steering wheel before they are downgraded to historical records. Today, we explored four strange cars that represented groundbreaking new ideas but never enjoyed the success expected by designers.
1933 Dymaxion car
American inventor Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller may be a name you haven’t heard of since high school physics class, but the absolutely weird car he invented is rarely Known.
Fuller envisioned a light and flexible vehicle, but it was also able to comfortably carry several adults, even flying one day. Just like the experimental aircraft and the Tatra T47 cross, the three prototypes of Dymaxion cars (representing dynamic, maximum, tension) made their debut at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, when the racing driver hired at the time demonstrated the movement principle of the car . A politician crashed his car into a Dymaxion car and was killed on the steering wheel.
Fuller was unmoved, and produced two prototypes, each with two driven wheels at the front and a third rear wheel for steering (Dymaxion cars can carve impressive small circles) , The central vertical wing to maintain stability, and the rear Chrysler V-8 engine. As we all know, Fuller is unstable, difficult to drive, and even unsafe. He crashed a prototype before terminating the entire joint venture a few years later. Only one example, Although several copies have been established.
1948 Tucker 48
We should not even call this entry a strange car. In the mid-1940s, when the United States resumed work after World War II, automakers were trying to update their outdated pre-war models to revolutionary new cars for contemporary consumers. Preston Tucker is a dynamic and enthusiastic car enthusiast who has tried to design high-speed military vehicles. He decided to make a new car. This groundbreaking move has allowed Detroit’s veteran automakers to stand. Come out and draw attention.
That car is Tucker 48, Which is not Rear-mounted air-cooled helicopter derivative engine, And simplified body contours. Safety concerns have led to ideas such as the pop-up front window, the third central headlight in the center of the “Cyclops” with steering input, and the large safety zone under the dashboard, where the occupants can squat in the event of an accident. Replacing traditional steel coil springs with elastic suspensions and specifying disc brakes instead of the more common drum brakes. Unfortunately, only 51 Tucker 48s were built at the time, and Tucker ended up with a lawsuit, which eventually closed the company. A film made by Francis Ford Coppola in 1988 later enjoyed Tucker’s legacy in front of the American Volkswagen. These cars are now valued at more than $1 million and are highly favored.
1963 Chrysler Turbo
Alternative propulsion methods in cars are nothing new. By the 1960s, the “jet era” had really come, and carmakers began to study cars powered by gas turbines. The first of these efforts It is a 1963 Chrysler turbo carIt has the fashion style of Italian design company Ghia.
Chrysler actually started developing turbine engines in the 1930s. By the 63s, it had built 55 turbines, 50 of which will be tested by the public as daily transportation. It is said that more than 200 drivers were able to keep up with the steering wheel, painted turbo bronze in the two-door two-door coupe, and recorded about 1 million miles of development.
Unfortunately, the results were impressive, the driver reported too much noise, slow acceleration and poor fuel economy. The plan was closed in 1966, and Chrysler ordered the crushing of all but nine turbo cars. The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles houses one of the remaining Chrysler turbo cars.
1970 Chaparral 2J
Jim Hall is both a racer and an engineer. He pioneered the development of early aerodynamics in motorsports including adjustable wings. Most of this development Happened on a Texas-made racing car The lobby is created under the name Chaparral. Although there are many important Chaparral race cars, the most interesting must be 2J, which uses two large fans of the howitzer tank and a plastic rear skirt to maintain a constant 1 inch gap with the ground, which can produce up to 2,200 2J rear Down pressure at the end.
As we all know, “sucker cars” may not be as weird as the revolutionary ones at the time. It caused a sensation in the Can-Am series of paddocks, although it only participated in a few games in 1970. Although 2J proved that it might be fast, all the other cars in Laguna Seca that year were far more than other cars, and the racing fan system often sucked all kinds of foreign objects. This led to self-destruction and the anger of other drivers because they were trapped in the dust cloud of 2J. Eventually, 2J was banned from competition, and the project was cancelled after the Can-Am season ended in 1970.