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Old 11-07-2016, 01:46 PM   #2281 (permalink)
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:32 PM   #2282 (permalink)
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On the Phantom Corsair:

Rust Heinz, who was trying to get his new design firm off the ground with that car (which included a full aero belly pan, among other nice aero bits) died thusly during the time when he was still trying to sell his firm's ideas:

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During a visit to his family in Pittsburgh, Heinz decided to go to a dance with friends. On the way home in an open Buick, the driverís hat flew off. To retrieve it, the Buick driver made a U-turn and was immediately hit broadside by a passing car. Rust Heinz died the next morning, July 23, 1939, of complications due to a skull fracture. He was 25 years old.
That and more great info from here:
http://www.deansgarage.com/2010/1938-phantom-corsair/

So at 22, he designed a beautiful car with some solid aerodynamics that flew in the face of current design philosophy. Then died 3 years later trying to sell the idea. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn't been killed. Maybe detroit could have been dragged kicking and screaming in the direction of real, not faux, streamlining?

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Old 11-08-2016, 08:45 AM   #2283 (permalink)
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Then died 3 years later trying to sell the idea.
More like on the way home from a dance hall. His death ended the possibility of ketchup trucks as cool as the 1930s Art Deco beer trucks


https://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/04/20/heinz-comet-what-would-have-been-the-most-famous-ketchup-truck-around/
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Uncharted territory back then. (1947)

Looks slippery, but heavy.

Oh, and I don't think the wheels were big enough...

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*Edit* Curb weight over 3 tonnes.





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Aerodynamic car??? It doesn't have the fineness ratio of the kayak on the roof. The trailer would be better with a center spine frame, like a Westfalia or old Silver Streak.

Remember the Porsche Type 64 replica someone was making? These guys decided to make the original Tucker 1/4th scale model:


https://www.wired.com/2014/10/tucker-post-war/

The aluminum panels Cleclo'd to an eggcrate buck is about 75% done. It will have an aircooled Porsche six. My first car was like the 4-door 6-pasenger notchback version of this.

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Raymond Loewy's "bullet-nosed" (front OR rear drive?) post-WWII Studebaker!

My parents bought a "made-in-Canada" 1951 6cylinder, 4-door model, while in Panama.

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They put the bullet on the nose so people could tell which way it was going. The 1948 Studebaker was the 'which end is the front' car. Loewy may have drawn rear-engined variants but Porsche's design for Studebaker, the Type 542, was front-engined. But he delivered air-cooled and water-cooled variants. https://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/...er-by-porsche/


There was also a design for a small rear-engined car that never got farther than dropping a Porsche flat-four with bus reduction gearboxes in the back of a 1959 Lark.


http://www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm
It was supposed to get a Curtis-Wright Wankel engine.

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If I squint I can see some Type III DNA there.

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