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A New Type Of Hybrid Propulsion? From 1932?

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Posted On: Jan 27, 2010 By: Al R. Budde Category: Land Rover News

No, it's not a Land Rover. It's a 1932 Helicron, an early attempt at a "hybrid" spurred by some of the same forces that exist today...

Early 30's hybrid

In the late 1930s this one-off vehicle, dubbed "The Helicron", was mothballed in a barn and forgotten. More than six decades later this odd lost little gem was rediscovered, rebuilt, and reintroduced to the world. Although the manufacturer is unknown, it's believed that this car was built in France in 1932. Believe it or not, when the wooden propeller is spinning at full speed, this little 1,000-pound boat-tailed skiff can hit freeway speeds exceeding 75 mph. (It must play hell witih your hairdo, though.)

Antique Hybrid

So why was it produced in the first place? Following the first World War it was not uncommon for recently displaced airplane engineers to look towards the automobile industry for employment. Naturally, they took what they knew and applied it to what was sure to be a more lucrative industry: ground transportation. Today, with the auto industry in flux and so many unemployed engineers out there, it is not hard to imagine that a similarly applied technology will make its way out of some makeshift garage workshop somewhere and into our collective imaginations... if not our driveways.  

Although this is the one and only Helicron in existence, owned by Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, it is certainly not the only propeller-propelled car out there. And the kind of inspiration behind its creation is certainly still out there, as well.

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