Home-Built Auto Is Real “Teardrop” (Sep, 1938)

Home-Built Auto Is Real “Teardrop”
RESEMBLING in many respects the streamlined “Trailmobile” which appeared on the cover of our September, 1937 issue (right), the novel teardrop auto shown above was constructed by Charles Christman and Bill Quiggle, of Los Angeles, Calif. The home-built auto has a 35 horsepower engine which is coupled direct to the rear axle, increasing the power delivered. The vertical fin at the back of the body aids stability.

3 comments
  1. nlpnt says: January 26, 20086:25 am

    DIYmaxion.

  2. Stannous says: January 26, 20089:54 am

    All these cars have “The vertical fin at the back of the body aids stability” claim with little evidence that it’s so.

    Having four wheels and weighing 4,000 lbs is all the stabilizing most cars need.

  3. Rick Auricchio says: January 26, 20083:10 pm

    True. And I doubt 35hp would get the car moving fast enough for the vertical “tail” to have much of an aerodynamic effect.

    I’ll bet it was a thrill to drive in a crosswind, however!

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