MEET THE BESASIE X-2 (Feb, 1959)
This car apparently met a sad end in 1970
MEET THE BESASIE X-2
ZERO to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds is fast enough to scorch the wrinkles on an asbestos-lined bald dome but that’s what the Besasie X-2 can do, claims its designer-builder, Raymond Besasie. The Milwaukee, Wis., inventor spent an estimated 5,200 hours and close to $20,000 building his dream car which features running lights on its sides. The center wheel-steered auto has no doors. You hop in and out via recessed step plates on either side of what would be doors on a conventional car. Power is provided by a Cadillac engine which, with a Besasie-made turbocharger, puts out over 400 hp. Two radiators in the rear-engined vehicle dispel heat with dual MEET THE fans that draw in air from scoops on each side of the body. The air is then expelled via a large grille at the rear of the car.
Besasie says, “I’m now getting from 20 to 22 mpg on high octane fuel while cruising at 62 mph.” Since the inventor expects even better gas mileage, this might very well be the “car of the future.”