Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sir Vival

What can I say, you can see this thing is crazy!!! So where to begin, this car was designed by Walter C. Jerome to be the safest car possible. The most striking feature of the cars safety features is the articulated arrangement. The reason was to split the engine and drive train from the occupants in order for the front engine part to absorb any impact. That though is just the start of the safety features added to the car, the driver is sat high with a panoramic windscreen around them which constantly rotates in order to keep it clean and dry at all times.
Up front the wheels, due to the articulation, are always in alignment, the two front headlights rotate with the steering, a third light is also provided, rear lights are also doubled up to make the car as visible as possible and the bumpers are air filled rubber. Other features include the pivoting doors that fold parallel with the side of the car.

The car its self was built out of a front part wa a 1948 Nash and the rear was a heavily modified 1947 Hudsen Plymouth. To say this was forward out of the box thinking would be an understatement. In order to create as bigger impact as possible is was shown at the 1958 Worlds Fair. Its fair to say it created quite a storm, but not enough to change the look of the motoring into the future.


1 comment:

  1. What's a "Hudsen Plymouth"?
    Either a HUDSON or a PLYMOUTH.
    Based on my own research the Sir Vival was made of two 1948 Hudson Commodore 4 door sedans.
    Assembled at the Worcester Trade School by Hazlet for Jerome.
    If you have different information please contact me.