The Helicron was an absolutely insane contraption which
was revealed in 1932 - at a time when health and safety
laws were a
little lot more relaxed.
Essentially the Helicron No.1 was a car which used a propellor
for propulsion. Imagine if this idea had caught on! Every
collision, even a 1/2 mile and hour parking bump would
result in giant pieces of propellor flying of at high
velocity. And woe betide any unfortunate pedestrians which
get in the way.
Due to the massive propellor which was located right between
the front wheels, the steering was via the rear wheels
which gave the car unpredictable handling - if it wasn't
already enough of a death trap! Top speed was around 75
Only one Helicron was ever produced, hence the No.1 designation.
In 2000 it was discovered in a barn in France, it's country
of origin. The Helicron was then transported to Nashville,
Tennessee where it was fully restored by the experts at
Lane Motor Museum.