LOU SENARENS developed many outlandish and queer vessels for Frank Reade, the hero of one of his groups of nickel novelettes. One of these mysterious vessels was an automobile which could travel on land, in the water, or under the water, under its own power, and, strange as it may seem, such a combination craft has actually been invented and constructed by Michel Andre of France.
Well, that certainly looks… er. Rugged? Actually it seems like something you’d see at DisneyLand.
THE WONDERFUL RAT
THE Rat is an amazingly versatile Canadian vehicle developed and built by Canadair Ltd., Montreal. Only 1,500 lbs. in weight, the aluminum buggy can tote 600 lbs. of cargo while towing another 1,000 lbs. on sleds or toboggans. The unique tandem vehicle has a small gas engine in the front section with a takeoff to power the cargo section. It runs in water, over snow and has climbed a 50 per cent grade. It is for use with troops in northern Canada.
Cruise on Land and Tour on Water
AERONAUTICAL invention has conquered the air, and yet airplanes can run also on the earth. Nautical invention has* conquered the sea; but vessels cannot run also on the earth. Now, if the genius of man can make airships that will run upon land, why should it not also devise sea ships that will do the same thing?
Yacht on Wheels Speeds 95 per on Land, Balks on Water
A LUXURIOUS yacht on wheels but one that won’t float in water attracted much attention at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 1931 Memorial Day gasoline derby. Built on a Pierce-Arrow chassis, the “boat” is 24 feet long, 5-1/2 feet wide, weighs 5,700 pounds, is powered with a 132-horsepower motor, and cost $18,000. The vehicle is a boat in every respect save locomotion. It has no doors, has twin screws in the stern, fog horns and an engine room bell, radio and life savers hanging on each side.
Twin stern propellers, powered by individual hydrostatic motors, push this $36,000 German Conte amphibian through the water. On land, its 114- or 135-hp V6 drives the back wheels instead of a marine pump. Maker: Herzog, 6239 Kriftel, Elizabethenstrasse 3, Germany.
By Everett H. Clark
When the water calls you cruising… when the road beckons you go rolling… always snug inside your traveling home.
THE millions of ex-GI’s who watched wartime amphibious craft climb dripping up the beachheads will recognize the substance of dreams of their own in the “Vacationer,” an amphibious luxury cruiser proposed by industrial designer Robert Zeidman for practical peacetime use. The new civilian amphibian is a descendant of some of the Navy’s experimental vehicles, not the Army’s familiar DUCK. It promises a sustained highway speed of 55 mph and a respectable 10 to 12 knots afloat. Efficient land speed was the first consideration in specifying power; the excellent showing on water is due to improved lines and to the twin screws in tunnels, driven by the twin motors in the stern. Twin rudders give maximum maneuverability.