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Hoppe & Streur Streamliner Gets a Nose Job and a New Name

The recent Hoppe & Streur Streamliner piece brought to mind a video with the car in it along with other streamliners but not the title of the news clip. Thanks go out to Geoffrey Hacker, the editor of Forgotten Fiberglass, who sent us the video and more images of the car in 1946 and later. At that time the nose was shortened, a few other changes were made, and it was then owned by Jack Norvell of Los Angeles.

The lead image from today’s photos shows the streamliner after the nose of the car had been altered and a photo of it below that appeared in the 1946 August issue of “Popular Mechanics.”


  •                                                      August 1946 Popular Mechanics.

Below in the 1948 news clip film “Cars Of The Future” the Norvell Streamliner can be seen in the video after a demonstration the Davis Three-Wheeler at 1:07 were it is referred to as a “Monster”; it is followed up by Gordon  Buehrig driving his postwar Trasca. Can any of our readers tell us more about the fate of the Novell car?


11 responses to “Hoppe & Streur Streamliner Gets a Nose Job and a New Name

  1. I remember the Davis three-wheeler when it was introduced and like many I was drawn to the unique design but suspicious of the single front wheel. It looked too unstable to feel safe although probably untrue. Its design was good looking and in good taste, but maybe too barren of ornament for the tastes of the day. I think it might sell well these days.

  2. The Davis is on display at the Peterson Museum in LA, or was when we were there last year. It looks ungainly, although that may be because of my prejudice about three-wheelers after seeing the Top Gear episode on the Reliant Robin. In the late forties people were probably so glad to get any new car that they weren’t much interested in anything that exotic.

  3. I’m a novice at marriage with only 30 years’ in’, but the Mrs. in the lead photo doesn’t seem to be expressing ‘glee’ at being there.

    Maybe someone with more experience will have a more informed interpretation.


  4. If that thing is going in for a wind tunnel test, I’m putting my money on the bus in the background as being sleeker. Bob

  5. What great film. I never knew that having built-in hydraulic jacks could make changing a flat tire an “exhilarating experience!”

    On the streamliner, it appears the exhaust pipe now exits rather unglamorously out of the top of the “gill” on the side. With this new configuration I really have no idea how the passengers get in or out. Perhaps that is why it looks like the side windows have not been installed? Might explain the cranky look on the missus.

    I had the opportunity to see the Tasco Prototype at the Indianapolis Art Museum’s show a few years ago. Definitely no middle ground with that car, folks either love it or hate it. I was struck by the way its design of a central “blob” body with spatted wheels seems to predict some of the current era LeMans Prototype racing cars seventy years down the road. OTOH, the dashboard and controls put me in mind of some “retro” household appliances I’ve seen lately. I believe the name was an initialization of “The American Sportscar Co.” had it ever gone into production.

  6. I wonder what the chassis was ( in the first photo), with those wooden artillery wheels and 32 x 6 tires… ?

  7. Answers to questions that no one asked . Edwin W. 130 MPH of severe ugliness, — (just as attractive as a 1937 Chrysler Airflow)! A compendium of British Dustbin Motorcycle Fairings married to an irregular Aluminum Tank -type Vacuum Cleaner. Edwin W.

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