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Hoppe & Streur Streamliner Prototype Photos and Video

Updated – Three years ago we featured the Universal Newsreel film on a video below that is incorrectly identified as a Stout Scarab. Historian Robert Cunningham identified the car at the time as being built by Allyn Streur and Allen Hoppe, of Hollywood, California.

Apparently late-1920s lightweight production car components were used in the construction of the chassis. The framework for the body appears to have been built by the pair, who may have worked in the aircraft industry located in and around the Los Angeles area.

Last week Bill McGuire the Editor of Macs Motor City posted this press photo of Streur and Hoppe posing in the car at Motorology which was also released in the first week of February of 1935 as the film was and published in newspapers across the country.

No other information or photographs of the car have turned up in the last three years which once again brings this car back to light and leaves us wondering again if it was ever completed? Do any of our readers know of a source for more information about the car, the builders, or its fate?

Take a few moments to watch the amazingly clear footage above of the car traveling down one the palm tree-lined boulevards in the Los Angeles area, along with other cars, some that date to the mid-1930s. The news clip is courtesy of Critical Past, which has one of the largest archival film and still images collections in the world.

Update Below

Update – Thanks go out to reader and expert researcher Tin Indian, who found an article and photo of it below in the March 1937 issue of the “Consolidator”, the “News on Consolidated Aircraft San Diego” that was published by Consolidator Aircraft employees. It shows the finished body along with a description of how it was constructed.

 

 

17 responses to “Hoppe & Streur Streamliner Prototype Photos and Video

  1. That’s a slightly modified Chrysler 66!

    Seriously, page 14 of the March 1937 issue of “Consolidator” available online has a story on this streamliner with additional details and a picture of the car with body panels mounted.

    The Consolidator was “News on Consolidated Aircraft San Diego” and was published by Consolidator Aircraft employees.

  2. This vehicle reminds me of Buckmaster Fuller’s rear-engine, streamlined Dymaxion which was driven by a Ford V8 engine, as I remember. Hard to see what engine is powering this Scarab. (?) The oversteer would have been scary with all that weight in the rear.

    • The engine appears to be mounted a good ways forward of the rear axle, nearly amidship. This, combined with the operators sitting over the front axle, probably made it fairly neutral, balance-wise, at least. Adding three passengers would help even more. Crash-wise it’s a different story, reminiscent of my VW microbus. TWO very substantial radiators tho, I’m impressed. Not sure what else occupies all that space back there.

  3. Would hate to parallel park this thing. Pretty advanced thinking, but not quite ready for the real world. LA was a hotbed of automotive innovation at this time, leading to hot rods after the war (and the plethora of aircraft engineers in the area).

  4. David, There is a color film of this car from ca. 1938 that I have (or had) on DVD. The DVD has other color films including the Davis 3-wheeler and Rust Heinz in his design studio with the Phantom Corsair design model. I never knew what this car was before, so thanks to The Old Motor, Bill McGuire and Tin Indian for identification.

  5. One of the “specialties” of our Atwater District area of Los Angeles , Zone 39 , next to Glendale , was a variety of Custom “hot rod” builders , with most of their craft based upon specific years of Fords, such as later Model A Coupes & Roadsters , ’32 Ford Coupes & Roadsters and as those cars became more scarce , then the next choice jumped a decade to the ’40 Ford Coupes. One such builder was Mike Hitch who built many custom hot rods from Model A’s and ’32 fords. His tools & equipment went to me for $50 and they are still in use on my old F ords. A variety of services were available for Modified A & B “4 bangers” and everyone wanted the Modified V-8’s of 1938 & beyond, stuffed into their treasures, along with Hydraulic brakes to stop them and sealed beam lights to race at night and go for a cruise in the local mountains. So much equipment was available and certain Key Machine shops , Speed shops and Equipment Manufacturers were within 3 to 40 miles of our neighborhood. The Overhead Valve Engine Conversions became popular and suddenly, it was really cheap for us younger guys to get Flathead specialty speed parts. A whole new world of speed opened up with old fords and new OHV power!!! On the other end of the spectrum, “custom cars” became popular and became part of the scene . “Start from scratch'” cars were around, — but beyond our abilities to afford. One local Manufacturer, the Curtiss Chassis Company provided almost everything that rolled on the” Brickyard “at Indianapolis. Many Offenhauser engines came to shops in our area for maximum output. Racing Fuels from the Francisco Labs (Atwater ) were legendary. Edwin W.

  6. Maybe the guys who owned Hollywood welding works would know what happened to car…..prob be easier tracking them down

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