Unique Classic Cars

I’m not a car nut, but I love the design factor of unique classic cars, like these…

1938 Dymaxion. The streamlined Dymaxion car was designed by American inventor Buckminster Fuller during the Great Depression.  Success of the design was realized in its performance efficiencies: the car could transport up to 11 passengers, reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, and ran 30 miles per gallon. Fuller put his vision of the future on display in the 1933 World’s Fair, and it went disastrously badly. The car crashed on a test track and its driver was killed. Investor enthusiasm dried up after that and Fuller stopped Dymaxion production at prototype number three.

The Delahaye 175 S Saoutchik Roaster is considered by many enthusiasts to be the most beautiful collector’s car of all time. Its design was the brainchild of the supremely talented coachbuilder and car designer Jacques Saoutchik, who was responsible for its unique exterior, which combined 1930s style curves with baroque design touches. Further beauty lies in its details, such as the chrome accents and grill, as well as the peculiar nose and two-tone interior. The car was once owned by legendary movie start Diana Dors and was last sold for a massive $3 million back in 2010.  

Inspired by the early 30’s Ford car, designer Jason Holmes has come up with a unique car design that not just boasts of a clean and classy design but also incorporates modern auto technology, making it an auto icon for custom classic car building. Hailed as ‘Sinister’….

 

Starting in 1934, Bugatti managed to build around 800 Type 57s in various configurations. The chassis was rather successful by high-end pre-war standards. Yet its most famous evolutions, the Aérolithe prototype and the following Atlantic Coupés just couldn’t find customers.

Supposedly made of an aviation-grade alloy of magnesium and aluminum called Elektron, the 1935 Aérolithe was designed by Ettore’s son Jean, with a body that had to be riveted due to the difficulty of welding magnesium. After being on tour in England, the show car disappeared, while Bugatti went on to build just four production Type 57 Atlantics, out of plain aluminum.

“Spirit Of Nemo” https://www.ebay.com/motors/blog/elaborate-spirit-of-nemo-puts-your-duesenberg-to-shame/

https://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/car-design/a28538878/bugatti-aerolithe-concept-replica/

https://www.uniquemankato.com/vehicles/current

2 thoughts on “Unique Classic Cars

  1. The Dymaxion is my fav. And it’s by Buckminster Fuller no less. I did some research, and the crash was because the car was hit by another vehicle. Apparently the prototype was “exonerated”. It looks kinda’ ridiculous, but in all the best retro-future ways. It looks like something Flash Gordon would tool about in, and also like a whale. That dorsal fin!

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    1. I didn’t know that about the crash. Doesn’t seem fair to blame it on the Dymxion. It does seem like something you’d see tooling around on Mars or the moon.

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