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The Dymaxion automobile was a teardrop shaped concept car designed in 1933 by Buckminster Fuller, a U.S. inventor and architect. The word Dymaxion is a brand name that Fuller gave to his American Automobile.

The Dymaxion had three wheels that was steered by a single rear wheel. However, the rear wheel steering made the car some what awkward to operate, especially in cross wind situations. An accident at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair damaged the first prototype and killed the driver.

The ultra streamlined Dymaxion was equipped with a Ford flat head V-8 and Fuller claimed it could reach speeds of 120 miles per hour. The Dymaxion had a wheel base of 125 inches and carried 11 passenger. Dymaxion No. 1 was completed during the summer of 1933. It was painted white and very light weight. Sadly the first prototype survived the crash only to be destroyed by fire.

1933 Dymaxion No. 1 Concept Car
1933 Dymaxion No. 1 Concept Car

Dymaxion No. 2 was completed in January of 1934. A group of British automobile enthusiasts contracted to buy the second Dymaxion from Buckminster Fuller. However, they back out of the deal after all the bad press with the accident in Chicago. The second Dymaxion enjoyed a triumphant journey around Manhattan with H.G. Wells before being abandoned in Arizona. Local engineering students restored the Mymaxion No. 2 and was preserved in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada

1933 Dymaxion No. 2 Concept Car
1933 Dymaxion No. 2 Concept Car

Fuller spent his entire family inheritance on the Dymaxion No. 3. It was completed in 1934 and was exhibited at the Centry of Progress in Chicago. The final Dymaxion was sold a few months later. The color was emeral green with a white top. Dymaxion No. 3 toured United States promoting the Allied cause during World War II and was eventually sold for scrap in Kansas.

1933 Dymaxion No. 3 Concept Car
1933 Dymaxion No. 3 Concept Car

A few years ago Norman Foster in collaboration with his wife's company, Ivory Pres, brought the Mymaxion No. 2 to England to fulfill Foster's dream of an authentic rebuild of Dymaxion No. 2. Shown below the Dymaxion No. 4 was painstakingly constructed by Crosthwaite and Gardiner, racing car restoration specialists, from drawings of Mymaxion No. 3 and analysis of Mymaxion No. 2.

Dymaxion No.4 Reproduction
Dymaxion No.4 Reproduction

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