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Streamlining in 1899: Jenatzy’s “La Jamais Contente” and Vallée’s “Pantoufle”

Updated  – Editors note: This article is written by guest writer Hampton C. Wayt, a very knowledgeable and trained automotive historian. His field of interest is the design history of the automobile. By Hampton C. Wayt:  The “streamlining” of automobiles with an interest of attaining higher speeds is practically as old as the invention itself. The best-known early example of…

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1932 Maybach Zeppelin Spohn Stromlinie

The Spohn coachwork on this Maybach Zeppelin was at the forefront of the streamlined design movement that was gaining momentum in the early thirties. It was only natural for Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl to be involved with such a state-of-the-art design. For years the pair worked with important objectives after first starting to…

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General Jumbos on a Riley-Ford Streamliner

Note the roof mounted rear vision periscope on this Riley-Head teardrop streamliner Earlier this month, we made reference to the teardrop streamliner craze of the mid-1930’s in our post about Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion car . One such car that we didn’t see in the various sources that we came across is this Riley-Ford powered design that was…

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Dymaxion : The Car for a Future That Never Happened

Dymaxion No.3  somewhere in the America during World War II Architect, author and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller’s name is probably one of the most recognized in both the field of design and the popular culture. Starting with the widespread publicity surrounding his geodesic domes in the 1960’s, and continuing to the appellation of a newly discovered form of…

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