1927 Car Goes Streamline (Sep, 1938)

1927 Car Goes Streamline

IN KEEPING with streamline design, Bernard Pica of 470 South Street, Quincy, Mass., built an advanced streamlined body for his 1927 Chevrolet. The chassis is still “pure Chevrolet” but the body is Pica’s own adaptation of the “tear drop” styling. Made of aluminum, the body cost about $100 for materials and required four months to build.

Although the modern commercially constructed car is carrying out the streamline trend, Pica in his design has gone several steps ahead of the most radical 1937 design. The body of Pica’s car is placed considerably higher than the usual car.

  1. Richard says: August 8, 20112:06 pm

    Looks like he was inspired by a dirigible. I’m not sure what function that horizontal stabilizer could serve — it’s not like cars are unstable in pitch.

    It also looks like visibility was compromised pretty heavily.

  2. GaryM says: August 9, 20112:59 am

    The same function which spoilers serve on passenger cars, I’d say. For some reason, it’s a selling point to convey the impression that a car is so unstable it needs ugly aerodynamic corrections.

  3. Jari says: August 9, 201111:06 am

    Nah, they are for styling. It resembles cargo/passenger planes of the 20’s (notice faux valve covers). A 1927 Chevrolet does only about 100 kph (if anyone dared to drive that fast), so it really doesn’t need any spoilers. As if any modern car would need them in legal speeds. Except in Germany.

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