McQuay-Norris was a manufacturer of high-quality aftermarket engine and chassis and chassis parts located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1932 the Company had a series of six “Tear Drop” Test Cars built on either Model “A” Ford or 1932 Ford chassis’ by the Hill Auto Body Metal Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The attention-getting-egg-shaped McQuay-Norris tear droppers purpose was two-fold; for on the road testing by its Test Engineers of the Companies products, and the promotion of these auto parts around the country by the new hires.
All six of the machines were outfitted with General Tire “Balloon Jumbo” 14-inch wheels and tires that the Tire Co. Engineers designed in the late 1920’s. The low-pressure General “Balloon Jumbos” revolutionized tire and wheel design and manufacture. Requiring only 12-pounds of air pressure, the Balloon Jumbos promised a much smoother ride than conventional tires of the day.
The enlargeable press photos of the No. 15 Test Car are from The Old Motor files and were taken in June of 1935 with George Leutwiler one of the Test Engineers along side of it. Learn more about these unique automobiles in an SIA article by Robert J. Gottlieb and another by Mark J. McCourt at Hemmings Motor News.