Car-Trailer Combination (Feb, 1938)

Car-Trailer Combination

A radical departure in automobile design is represented by a streamlined automobile in which the body and frame are integral and which, it is claimed, increases safety in driving while combining all of the features of a pleasure car and trailer. The structure is streamlined and is 16 feet long and 6 feet 4 inches wide overall. The inside height is 6 feet 4 inches. The motor is in the rear and operates on the rear wheels. The car is suspended from variable pitch coil springs and has a cruising speed of fifty miles an hour. Its floor is 12 inches from the ground and the road clearance is 9-1/2 inches. This together with improved driver visibility, it is claimed, makes the car especially safe to drive.

  1. Stannous says: September 5, 20078:20 am

    This should be in the ‘Origins’ section too, the first minivan.

  2. Dan says: September 5, 200710:12 am

    It appears to be a version of the Pribil Housecar, designed to carry 8 and sleep 3. Engine was either a 30hp Mathis or a Continental four-cylinder. More information at:…

  3. Charlie says: September 5, 200710:16 am

    Wow, a 30hp engine? I wouldn’t want to try going up a hill with 8 people in that thing unless 4 of them got out to push.

    It looks pretty comfy though.

  4. mrdweeb says: September 5, 20074:22 pm

    A tricycle wheel arrangement? Bet it handled well too–especially loaded.

  5. Eamonnanchnuic says: September 5, 20074:35 pm

    Looks like a deathtrap. Though with 30hp I can’t see it hitting anything very fast.

  6. jayessell says: September 5, 20078:04 pm

    A Dymaxion car from 1960s Yugoslavia?

  7. K!P says: September 6, 20075:16 am

    30 hp isnt so bad… a 1978 volkswagen T2 i own has only 49…and manages to go 120 km/h, ok that goes down to a 110 if 7 seated.

  8. Sorcerer Mickey says: September 6, 200710:17 am

    I want one – painted like a Federation Shuttlecraft!

  9. Tim Tracy says: July 15, 20082:48 pm

    It says rear wheels, as in more than one: they must be offset like Isetta rear wheels. 30 horses wasn’t bad way back in 1938. I’m surprised there aren’t more people building streamlined live-ins today. I’m writing this in a city where I see hundreds of people living in a “vans down by the river” or more often under the freeway

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