... unless you’re immune to loud noise and extreme wind like the two men standing to the left of this 1932 Helicron propeller driven car. The one-of-a-kind vehicle from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville was displayed at the 2013 Dayton (Ohio) Concours d’Elegance. We were fortunate to be around to see it fire up after spectators and most of the cars had vacated the grounds.
The Propeller Car is fully operational and you can see Dennis Gage “kiss the mustache goodbye” at the controls during a ride with museum founder Jeff Lane in a 2010 episode of My Classic Car. The Helicron, a barn find discovered in France in 2000, was rebuilt with most of the original mechanical components, except for the engine which was replaced with one from a Citroën GS. It’s just one of the many unusual and fascinating cars owned by the Lane Museum, which features 150 microcars, prototypes, military, and obscure European motor vehicles.
The Helicron was a fitting car to feature in Dayton, home of the Wright brothers and the Air Force Museum. In fact, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, recognized as the world’s first practical airplane is on display only a few hundred feet from where the Propeller Car was parked on the grounds of Carillon Park.