Lightning Bug Car Is Crash Proof (Aug, 1936)

Lightning Bug Car Is Crash Proof

DR. CALVIN BLACKMAN BRIDGES, the Carnegie Institution of Washington geneticist, knows a lot about bugs, for he breeds them and studies their mechanism under the microscope. But his hobby is Safety First and car building. His three-wheeled “Lightning Bug” is said to be crash and carbon-monoxide proof. It is small and squatty yet perfectly streamlined, with tail-light and license plates recessed and the Pyralin windows flush with the body. The doctor’s aim is to demonstrate what can be done to attain small car safety and readability.

4 comments
  1. nlpnt says: March 22, 20086:24 pm

    I don’t usually think of a 3-wheeler as a “safety” design. Also, it’s interesting how many early streamliners dispensed with a rear window.

    I wonder if this is rear-engined, or an early example of a hatchback.

  2. rsterling78 says: May 11, 20088:11 pm

    And the car is “crash proof” because…?

  3. Paul Price says: June 1, 20085:21 pm

    the article was published in Aug, 1936? And he car has not been built yet? or is there a “Bug” being built goday?

  4. David W. Wilson says: August 4, 201110:16 am

    Wow,
    They are everywhere…
    3 wheeled vehicles are just safe or more so as 4 wheeled vehicles.
    No?
    Read. Do the math, etc…

    The only reason, in my opinion, that 4 wheels has become more popular these days is due to money spent on matketing.
    Also there is the so called “herd mentality”
    Lastly, these 4 wheeled cars look like wagons. Remeber coach builders first started as wagon builders.

    Reach out, stretch, transcend the “norm”…

    Best,
    dww

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