Ever dreamt of owning a flying car when you were a kid? Well now, finally, you can make that dream a reality with the Taylor AEROCAR - available to purchase for $1.25 million (approx. £810,000). Only five of these strange machines were ever made, sponsored by the Wright Brothers back in 1954, but it really is a relic of a bygone era in engineering. By melding a two-seater with front wheel drive, a Lycoming O-320 4-cylinder engine and a wingspan of 30 feet, they managed to make a vehicle which can take off when it reaches 55mph on the ground and can cruise at 100mph. If you do want to reach 55mph without taking off, however, the wings can be folded out the way with relative ease.
A ConVairCar, Model 118 flying car during a test-flight, California, November 1947. The hybrid vehicle was designed by Theodore P. Hall for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Company of San Diego, California, but never went into production.
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