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1938 Phantom Corsair

The 1938 Phantom Corsair was the radical product of Rust Heinz (as in the ketchup company). The Phantom Corsair had many features that were ahead of the it’s time and many others that were little more than curious gimmicks. It featured an altimeter and electronic doors. The exotic shape was able to accommodate four people side by side in the front row but only 2 in the back due to space taken up by beverage cabinets. Rust Heinz designed the radical car on the popular Cord 810 platform and one example was built that he used as his personal car until his death at the young age of 25. The car was intended to go into production at the price of $12,500 in 1938, equating to over $200,000 today.

Today the car exists fully restored in the National Automobile museum in Reno Nevada after a long life of curious modifications, including being painted gold for a time.


Dymaxion car, 1933. 2000 followers! Wow, thanks everyone for sticking with me and for all the likes and reblogs. To celebrate here’s something truly extraordinary and perhaps the ultimate car that never made it. I’m a designer and Buckminster Fuller is one of my heroes. He was an inventor and architect who, in 1933, attempted to reinvent the automobile when he presented the teardrop shaped Dymaxion car. It had three wheels, a rear-mounted Ford V8 engine, was twenty feet long and could seat up to 11 passengers. The rear mounted engine drove the front wheels, the single rear wheel steered the car. Alas at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair where the car was being demonstrated there was an accident. Two passengers were seriously injured, the driver was killed and along with him, the Dymaxion Car. Three cars had been built, one had now been badly damaged, the other two were moth-balled and became part of the collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. More recently, in 2010, British architect Norman Foster commissioned a fourth Dymaxion car