THE FLAJOLE FORERUNNER (Sep, 1955)
THE FLAJOLE FORERUNNER
This personal “preview” car peeks into the future with new features that designer claims public will soon demand.
WHAT kind of car will you be driv-ing five to 15 years from now and what features will you, the buyer, demand? That’s the question to which designer William Flajole, advanced styling consultant for American Motors Corp., thinks he knows the answer. To prove it he has built and will exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum, August 15-28, his personal “preview” car, the beautiful Forerunner on this page.
Representing an investment of about $80,000 in materials and staff design time, this Fiberglas-bodied car is built over a modified Jaguar chassis and motor and features a Plexiglas canopy top which rolls back into the tear-drop-shaped tail deck at the push of a button. Its airline-type seats are built up seven inches higher than usual and have bolsters designed to support head and shoulders and reduce fatigue.