In the early part of the 20th century, France spent a lot of money on airplane development. The natural offshoot of this is the automobile. In the 1930s idea people with money built propeller driven cars. This is the story of one such vehicle.
In 1932, one propeller driven Helicron was built. It had a wooden frame, body, and even a wooden propeller. In the late 1930s the car was stored in a barn and forgotten until it was discovered in 2000.
When found the Helicron was missing its engine, but otherwise complete. The motor was replaced with a Citroen GS 4-cylinder motor from the 1980s. The car steers by the rear wheels.
When the wooden propeller is spinning at full speed and efficiently, this little 1,000-pound boat-tailed skiff can hit freeway speeds exceeding 75 mph. Since France has safety inspections for vehicles, this car was inspected in 2000 and was approved for use on their roads. This is the one and only Helicron in existence, owned by Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN.
For a really neat website on this car, with more pictures and information, go here.
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