Scottish Engineer Builds Auto That Speeds Over Lake at 7 m.p.h. Clip (Aug, 1931)

It looks like it’s under the water, not floating on it.

Scottish Engineer Builds Auto That Speeds Over Lake at 7 m.p.h. Clip
A COMBINATION motor boat and automobile, capable of a speed of 40 miles per hour on land and 7 miles per hour in the water, has been invented by a well known Scottish engineer after a long period of experimentation to produce a practical and serviceable vehicle. Powered by a 9 h.p. unit, the “Hydrocar,” as the inventor calls his brain child, takes easily to the water on any bank with a smooth slope, the wheel gears being disengaged and the power transmitted to the propeller when the machine begins to float. Steering is done by the wheels, which are disk type to form an effective rudder. The body is boat-shaped, as shown in photos at right.

6 comments
  1. Jari says: November 17, 201111:31 am

    Not much in the net, but here’s something on page 12: http://www.scottishaust…

  2. Hirudinea says: November 17, 20111:12 pm

    Typical Scotsman, to cheap to buy a boat & a car!

  3. Charlene says: November 17, 20112:28 pm

    I think Emperor Nero built one of these for his mother.

  4. Jari says: November 17, 20115:41 pm

    Charlene: Took me a while to dug out… No wonder then, than Agrippina survived, if her boat also could run at land :)

  5. whoozle whaazle says: November 18, 20118:27 am

    Just remember not to put luggage or anything else behiind the driver and passenger seats. Judging from the picture, it looks like it everything will get wet …

  6. Michael C says: November 20, 20113:37 pm

    It is interesting how many times the Boat/Car has been tried, and despite never achieving a viable solution, people keep trying…

    optimism.

    I find it equally intriguing that the press reports these as though it was a first.

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