Quick History: Flying Cars

The ’50s were almost cartoonish in the development of inventions meant to predict or create the future. Flying cars? Check. Hovercars? Sure. Witness the Aerocar, developed in 1949 by Moulton Taylor and tested here for Motor Trend in 1957. The little vehicles could drive around with four wheels like a car, trailering the set of wings that could be installed for air travel. It’s amazing that one of these Aerocars is still around and still flies. Next, look at this experimental Curtiss-Wright hovercar from 1959. The idea here was to have the car floating on a cushion of air, like an ocean-going hovercraft. The company later made some huge and reportedly functional examples. Psycho? Hey, some day we may have self-driving cars.

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