20 Classic Vehicles that Defined an Era including a 1953 Boat Car

20 Classic Vehicles that Defined an Era including a 1953 Boat Car


– [Narrator] From a 1923 Audi Jaray to a 1953 Fiat Boat Car here are 20 vintage vehicles
so crazy they’re cool. Rolling into the number 20 spot we have been 1956 Jawa Motorex 350 cc. The Motorex was a Czechoslovakian vehicle nicknamed the Jawaobile. Unfortunately it was Jawa’s last car. With its front end entrance
very similar to a BMW 600 this car didn’t seem to be very feasible. Four prototypes were made
but only one survived. At number 19 we have the
1942 L’oeuf Electrique. It’s not tough to see how
this little electric car earned its name. L’oeuf Electrique,
literally, the electric egg was built by French artist, designer, and engineer Paul Arzens
in 1942 for personal use. With a 60 mile range
and a 37 mph top speed, the egg was the ultimate urban vehicle years before the first
electric Smart Fortwo took to the streets. Enormous for a small car, the egg consisted of a bulbous
aluminum and Plexiglas body that enclosed a minimalist
two-person interior. It also had full Plexiglas doors for excellent forward inside visibility with a small oval portal
for a rear window. Number 18, the 1948 Panhard Dynavia. The Dynavia, a concept automobile built by Panhard in 1948 was
an experiment in aerodynamics. The aviation styling of the
Dynavia’s droplet bodywork made waves when the
prototype was presented by Panhard at the 1948 Paris Motor Show. The headlights were replaced at the front with a powerful central spotlight used as a full beam light and fog light. The incredible aerodynamic body shape with better properties even than today’s carefully profiled cars,
allowed for a fuel consumption that topped out at 80.7 mpg. Number 17, the 1955 Fascination car. This brainchild of Paul M Lewis of the Highway Aircraft Corporation was propeller driven, and
had one wheel in the front. During a demonstration
of Bandimere Speedway a prop failed, resulting in lawsuits. The prototype was redesigned,
eliminating the propeller and installing a pancake
type VW power plant. Another improvement was the addition of a second small wheel in the front to give the vehicle more stability. Number 16, the 1937 Mormon Meteor III. The Meteor was built by Ab Jenkins, his son Marv and a family friend in 1937. It had many unique features
such as an offset body to help the car turn on the track. In 1939 Jenkins drove the
car an average of 171 mph and broke all of the 12 hour
endurance records at the time. The Meteor then set a 24
hour record of 161.18 mph in 1940 that would not
be broken until 1990. Number 15, the 1932 Talbot
1465 Boat Tail Tourer. Here’s a rare slice of history. Built almost 100 years ago we have the very unique 1932 Talbot
1465 Boat Tail Tourer. Hailing as a saloon car from
the Clément-Talbot factory in West London, the car
was given its unique all mahogany body work in 1969. The 3″ x 1/4″ planks were
originally sourced from Honduras and make up the entire shell of the car, including the doors,
hood, and tail section, and as you might’ve
guessed by looking at it, the bodywork was completely done by hand. Number 14, the 1962 Invader GT. This car is a time capsule
from back when people had a wide choice among
not only mass-produced cars but also among a galaxy of small producers of fiberglass cars. The car is mostly based
on the VW Beetle platform. It has a VW engine, red
shag carpet interior and plexi headlight covers, which are almost impossible
to find on these cars. In addition it has removable
plexi gold wing doors that allow you to drive
with the wind in your face. Number 13, the custom
RV 1941 Western Flyer. We’ve seen some crazy
campers over the years but this thing may take the cake. It started life as two halves
of a 1941 Western Flyer Van, but was retro modded into
the awesome RV seen here. It has won awards and
features many upgrades that make it very usable today. It’s not a barn find but
it’s definitely an oddity that’s worth a look. Number 12, a 1923 Audi Jaray. The Ugly Duckling. This vehicle is designed by Paul Jaray, a Hungarian engineer not only worked on the aerodynamics of
airships but also strived to bring the streamlined efficiency to the car industry of the 1930s. Jaray even went so far as to file a patent for a streamlined styled auto body. After setting up a design
studio and coach building works he created designs for
Chrysler, Mercedes, Ford, and Maybach in addition to Audi. Unfortunately, it was
way too ahead of its time in the styling stakes and
it didn’t make production. Number 11, the Rocketumbler,
a Nardi-Giannini 750 Bisiluro. The remarkable looking
Bisiluro was created in 1955 by Carlo Molino and in Enrico Nardi. Their goal was to create an
ultralight aerodynamic car to compete at Lemans
alongside the much larger and far better funded factory
teams like Jaguar and Ferrari. From a pure design perspective
the Bisiluro is an anomaly. It’s asymmetrical, has no passenger seat, and has the engine mounted
on the left-hand side to counter the weight of the
driver seated on the right. Totally weight of the car
is just under 1,000 pounds, and its twin cam four-cylinder
730 cc Giannini engine was said to produce 62 hp. Number 10 is the ZIL 112S. One of the most successful
Soviet racing cars, the ZIL 112S appeared in 1962. As with most Soviet sports cars, the 112S used parts from
production Soviet cars. For example, the front
suspension was taken from a GAZ 21 Volga. The engines were developed
from the stock ZIS 110. Of the two cars built,
one had a 6 L V-8 engine providing 230 hp and the other had a 6.95 L V-8 capable 270 hp. Driving the 230 hp car
Victor Galkin came in third in 1963 Soviet championship and in 1965 the 270 hp 112S won the championship with Giannetti Zarkov at the wheel. Number nine, the 1947
Morgan F-Super Maintenance. Morgan motor company conceived the idea of building a three wheel vehicle in 1910. These three-wheeled cycle
cars were classified as motorcycles and were therefore exempt from the tax applied to cars in Britain. Morgan’s three-wheelers evolved
from a V twin single seater to a four powered two-seater
by the early 1930s. This beautiful F-Super three-wheeler is an amazing example of
the later Morgan cycle car and is one of only 55
built after World War II. Morgan three-wheelers were
often campaigned in racing and had considerable success. The design of these
vehicles was very simple and followed the formula
of being lightweight and reliable to win. Number eight, the Tucker 48. The Tucker is an automobile
conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Commonly referred to
as the Tucker Torpedo, the vehicle had a flat six
334.1 cubic inch rear engine, rear wheel drive, fuel
injection, disc brakes, and four-wheel independent suspension. Tucker was ahead of his time
in regard to safety innovations which made each unit differ
slightly due to variations in design as work progressed. Unfortunately, only 51 cars were made before the company ceased
operations in 1949. Number seven, a 1948 Tasco prototype. Blending airplanes and
cars is nothing new. It’s been done since the
first airplane came out. The Tasco, a one-off vehicle
designed by Gordon Buehrig is one man’s vision of a plane-like car. Advertised as an American sports car, this T-topped roofed cabin is entirely surrounded with fiberglass. This is a Durham body prototype for a post World War
II American sports car and featured airplane inspired controls. It was also the first car in
the world with a T-top roof. Buehrig patented the idea and sued GM when they used it on the 1968 Corvette. Sadly, he received very
little for his patent. Number six, the 1938 Phantom Corsair. The Phantom Corsair,
known as the Flying Wombat is an automobile prototype from 1938. It is a six passenger
coupe that was designed by Rust Heinz, a member
of the HJ Heinz family, and Maurice Schwartz, of
Pasadena California based Bowman & Schwartz coachbuilding company. The design was a departure
from contemporary car design and it did away with many
features common at the time. Just the name is
brilliant, Phantom Corsair. It could be a superhero,
a spy, or a pirate, but it befits such a
unique machine perfectly. If it were a modern car,
people would perhaps laugh at its campyness, but in the 1930s it must’ve sounded absolutely magnificent. Number five, the Framo Stromer FP400. Frankenberger Motowerkes came out with this tiny passenger car. It was a tax and license
free streamlined saloon car. With this three-wheeler coupe, Frankenberger hoped to anticipate it’s yet to be developed KDF car. Unfortunately its
construction was too sumptuous and the economic recovery left no space for this kind of thrifty car. Therefore, the enterprise
returned to fabrication of a small utility vehicles. The Stromer was front-wheel-drive with the power plant mounted in the front and a two-door coupe body shell. The .4 L engine is a naturally aspirated two-stroke, two-cylinder. A three speed manual
transmission supplies the power to the driven wheels with a
claimed top speed of 50 mph. Number four, the 1962
Covington Tiburon Shark. This vehicle was built by St. Petersburg, Florida
native Henry Covington. The shark was a rolling test bed of the aerodynamic
theories Augustus Raspet of Mississippi State University, and featured such advances
as a full belly pan under its streamlined fiberglass body. Powered by only a tiny 19 hp Renault four CV overhead valve motor, the shark-like two passenger car has attained speeds of 78 miles an hour. Henry later put in a larger 45 hp motor from a Renault Dauphine, and topped the shark out
at 122 miles an hour. Number three, the 1958 Ford Nucleon. Despite looking like a
futuristic muscle pickup with a superhero name the Ford Nucleon never made it to a full-size concept. A model of the Nucleon was
built by four designers in 1958 during the height of the atomic car craze. The nucleon would’ve been
powered by a small reactor in the rear similar in design to how nuclear submarines work, employing the what is
basically a smaller version of a full-size nuclear reactor. Designers predicted that the Nucleon could travel 5000 miles before refueling. Number two, the Aurel Persu. Aurel Persu is regarded by
some as the body builder of the first aerodynamic
shaped vehicle in history. Persu himself called it in
aerodynamically shaped automobile with the wheels mounted
inside the aerodynamic body. The Aurel was among the first vehicles to have the wheels partially
covered by the body of the car. It managed to achieve
speeds of up to 50 mph. The lack of a differential
made the car an ideal one when came to turning at high speeds, allowing for the operation
to be done at up to 37 mph. Number one, Fiat 1100 Boat Car. The Fiat 1100 Boat Car is not
a true amphibious vehicle. It is better described as
a dreamlike boat on wheels. It was never meant to
sail across the seas, but to symbolize adventure
with extravagance and humor. The Boat Car, equipped with teak flooring, port holes, and a life ring, was made by Carrozzeria Coriasco in Turin for the Scarani Nautical
School in Bologna. Thanks to Coriasco we
we now have a boat car to sail across the endless
oceans of our imagination.