We have to admit an attraction to most anything Glenn Curtiss designed or built. The lightweight Curtiss Aerocar Trailer built using aircraft constrution methods is high at the top of our list of his creations. The unit pictured above was used by the Todd School for Boys in Woodstock, Illinois. The trailer appears to be outfitted with bus-like seats judging by the number of boys visible inside. You can look back here at six other versions of the Curtiss Aerocar we have covered in the past. The photo is courtesy of the Woodstock Public Library.
In the pre-1930 period, the Aerocar is generally seen paired together with one of three of the popular mid-priced cars: Chrysler, Buick and Hudson coupes or roadsters apparently were the tow cars of choice at the time. Several photos have been seen of the Aerocar being pulled by a 1929 Hudson as is seen here.
One of the reasons may have been the powerful Hudson Super-Six 91 h.p. 288 c.i. F-head engine that was coupled to a smooth wet cork insert disc clutch. For 1929, Automotive Industries reported it had an accelerator pump added to its carburetor, and changes in the manifolds and valve lift. With compression ratio raised to 6.0 to 1 it would sill run well on regular gasoline and had more low-speed torque and power.
1929 has been reported as the highest production year ever for Hudson when 77,000 units were built. Two chassis lengths were offered with 122.5 and 139-inch wheelbases. The standard bodies were by Briggs and coachwork was also available from both Murphy and Biddle and Smart. The illustration below is courtesy of the AACA Library.