Fabric, which holds its shape, is durable and is washed or dusted easily, is being employed successfully in place of metal in the bodies of a French automobile, celebrated for its silent-running qualities. With the car windows, held in rubber grooves, and the panels manufactured of the leatherlike material, squeaks and rattling common to bodies of steel construction are said to be entirely removed. Limousines and landaulettes of this construction can be built for little more than ten per cent above the cost of the open or touring-type cars, it is said. Though heat and severe blows may blister the covering, its composition is such that in a short time the swellings disappear. It is not scratched or marred by ordinary dusting or washing and saves time necessary in polishing enameled surfaces.

  1. Mike Brisendine says: February 23, 20089:20 am

    I wonder what French auto this was and what sort of fabic was used? Doesn’t seem to be practical, especially if the car became infested with moths. Maybe it was an early form of fiberglass?

  2. Stannous says: February 23, 20089:58 am

    It might have been ‘fiber-grass’ such as was used by Henry Ford to make his Hemp Car in 1941:…

  3. Jerry says: February 23, 20081:16 pm

    It was probably the Weymann flexible fabric body, which had a brief popularity in the 1920s, and were used on several different makes of light cars in France and England. (See more at http://www.coachbuilt.c…). They were leather stretched over cotton wadding and a wood frame. Unfortunately, after prolonged exposure to the elements, Weymann bodies split open and the cotton started coming out.

  4. Neil Russell says: February 23, 20085:59 pm

    I haven’t researched, so if I’m wrong I’ll accept it gracefully! But I seem to remember Brunn company made a number of fabric covered cars. Dope impregnated fabric was widely used in aircraft and would seem like a natural for automobiles.
    Carmakers didn’t give up wood as a body structural component until the mid 1930s.

    And again, off the top of my head (you have to be careful in this age of Google) I believe Fuller’s Dymaxion car had a fabric covering

  5. Stannous says: February 23, 20086:38 pm

    I’m pretty sure you’re right about Weymann.
    thanks for link, a fascinating bit of history that I’d never heard about before.

  6. anders says: February 26, 200812:07 pm

    The car is a 1924 packard vith a body made of meritas ( http://www.coachbuilt.c… )

  7. tommy bryce says: April 21, 20096:04 pm

    Hello i have a 1928 citreon b14g ,with a full fabric body [according the the citreon car club its a one off] it was built in paris ,then had a weymann bodyfitted and then went to palma , i have the full history from then , i am trying to trace the first part can anwone help please tommy [ps i still use it at all the scottish rallys ]

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