Aluminum Car Weighs Only 800 lb. (Oct, 1946)

Aluminum Car Weighs Only 800 lb.

WITH a total weight of only 800 lb., this new European light car boasts a cast aluminum body, top speed of 60 m.p.h., and high fuel economy—65 miles per gal. The French “Gregoire,” named after its designer, Jean Gregoire, has a convertible top, front-wheel drive, and is powered by an air-cooled, horizontal opposed two-cylinder engine.

Planned in 1940, the first model was built secretly during the German occupation. Production in France is expected to be started shortly by Aluminum Francais, while American rights have been purchased by Henry Kaiser interests, which are reported planning adaptation of “Gregoire” design features to their own front-wheel drive model.

4 comments
  1. Kosher Ham says: January 6, 20121:07 pm

    Looks like a prototype for the Citroen 2CV.

  2. Hirudinea says: January 6, 20123:11 pm

    Just stick a V-8 in her and your all set! (Was this thing ever bult?)

    @ Kosher Ham – I think the 2CV was designed before this thing came out (with only 1 headlight) but probably inspired by the same conditions.

  3. DrewE says: January 6, 20123:32 pm

    This was developed into the Panhard Dyna series of cars, which kept many of the unique features (including the basic engine, drivetrain, and chassis design). The 2CV is in several ways similar, but is a separate design.

  4. Bruce22 says: January 13, 20127:59 pm

    You can still buy the updated equivalents of this car today in France. A couple of examples are the Aixam City and the MGo Microcar, which both weigh about 770 lb. They are defined as “quadricycles”, which means you can drive them without a full car license.

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