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. 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.

  2. Seconding the part about a "Hudsen Plymouth" but otherwise fascinating! In 50+ yrs of immersion in vintage vehicles, I've never run across this one & trying to find something about the mechanicals. The ad touting its features says something about the front end always being in alignment, which suggests a straight, fixed front axle, and if so it must be RWD with some incredible U-joints and some sort of powered articulation. FWD would seem to be a lot simpler, so the cabin's just a trailer. In any event the articulation point must be massively reinforced to the whole rig doesn't fold.
    But as a starting point, what's under the hood??

  3. In the early 1960s I saw a car with a similar design at an annual Boston auto show. The front swiveled separate from the cabin. I think there was a third section in the rear. I was touted as
    being made for maximum safety. I think it was black and they were demonstrating how it maneuvered as was standing still in the show. I was only about 10 years old but never forgot about it. Seems it would have been newer than the model in this article.


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