Flier Designs Streamline “Push Button” Car (Nov, 1938)

Flier Designs Streamline “Push Button” Car
Borrowing ideas from the transport planes he has piloted, a California airman designed and built a streamline automobile with a rudderlike tail. With its supercharged V-eight motor he asserts that the car will travel 120 miles an hour, yet it is economical in fuel use, delivering eighteen miles to the gallon at sixty miles an hour. Wind resistance is reduced to a minimum, even on the front wheels which have independent “pants” that turn with the wheel. Electric controls are built in wherever possible. A push button on the dash opens the doors. The disappearing top swings into place at the touch of another button, embodying the same mechanism applied to raising and lowering landing gear in an airplane. When the top is raised it forms a strong steel turret roof. The car has a 112-inch wheelbase. Built low, the car has no running boards. The headlights retract into the fenders.

9 comments
  1. Ray B. says: August 9, 20074:58 am

    Thanks for helping to solve the mystery of this car, who has puzzled many. It appeared in a film about the 1939 World’s Fair called “The world of Tomorrow”. The builder seems to have been a man named Dan LaLee.
    I am an old french fan of Popular Mechanics (about 3 feet wide of 1940′s to 1960′s numbers on my shelf), and I’m not surprised to find they had a page on this car. But I didn’t have that 1938 number.
    And, I forget to say: I just love your site (and comments). Just great !

  2. Charlie says: August 9, 20076:09 am

    Thanks! I’m glad you like it.

  3. Firebrand38 says: August 9, 20077:07 am

    I agree that this is a terrific site.

    Here is a link to more pictures and info on the car:

    http://www.imcdb.org/ve…

  4. Tim Tracy says: July 15, 20086:47 pm

    I didn’t know that eighteen miles to the gallon was considered economical in fuel use in 1938. What kind of gas mileage was considered non-economical? I like the design though the turning wheel pants and rear rudder would have had the effect of sails in high winds

  5. Stuart McCarthy says: September 22, 201011:08 pm

    Does anybody know if this car is still in existence?

  6. Jari says: September 23, 201011:04 am

    Stuart: At early fifties, King Farouk of Egypt had it in his car collection. http://www.prewarcar.co… Which was left behind and auctioned, when he was overthrown and forced to exile.

  7. Firebrand38 says: September 23, 201012:09 pm

    Jari: Good work. The car has been written about here as well

  8. Jari says: September 24, 201010:44 am

    FB: Shucks, twas nothing… Thanks for the link to the Hemmings blog. I think I’ll know how to spend next two or so hours :)

  9. […] article below has been found at Modern Mechanix that tells us a bit more information about it. It has also been discovered that it ended up […]

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