EIGHT-WHEELED AUTO DEFIES SAND (May, 1936)

EIGHT-WHEELED AUTO DEFIES SAND
Mud and sand offer no obstacles to an eight-wheeled car exhibited by a German inventor, since its multiple tread surfaces assure ample support and traction. The wheels are grouped in two sets of four each at the front and rear of the machine—an arrangement imposing an unusual mechanical problem in the design of steering apparatus. The inventor has overcome this difficulty by adapting the two forward pairs of wheels so that they swing in unison for making turns.

7 comments
  1. Neil Russell says: February 11, 20086:09 am

    I suppose it’s a good idea, it sure makes the rounds.
    I remember an article from “Old Cars Weekly” back in the 70s about the “OctoAutomobile”, the only image I could find of it was in this old ad; http://www.adclassix.co… Most recently the Tyrell Elf racing team ran a 6 wheeled car that didn’t really live up to the original plans for it, seems like that was in the 70s as well. I subscribed to a lot of car mags back then

  2. Stannous says: February 11, 20088:39 am

    Lots of WW2 and later desert scout cars had 8 wheels, with varying success. The US had the T-27:
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  3. Firebrand38 says: February 11, 200810:26 am
  4. albear says: February 11, 200811:18 am

    See the yellow one.

    http://www.adclassix.co…

  5. Neil Russell says: February 11, 200812:25 pm

    That “Thunderbirds” car reminded me of the Ford Seattle-ite
    http://www.carstyling.r…

    Mercedes cranked out some 6 wheelers as German Staff cars prior to the war, AH loved to parade around in them, I seem to remember reading they weren’t all that much in bad conditions but sure looked impressive

  6. Orv says: February 14, 20086:41 pm

    Weren’t there some European buses that had two steerable axles in front and one drive-axle in the rear, instead of two rear axles and one front axle that we see on buses now? I know I’ve seen ones like that in movies.

  7. Richard says: February 15, 20086:51 am

    Yes, these were very popular with both drivers and passengers, because the ride-quality was so much better with the smaller wheels and less unsprung weight.

    My Dad used to work for a coachbuilding firm at the time, these were a model they fitted out a load of.

    http://coaches-aplenty….

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