• Oct 6th 2006 at 2:03PM
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The McLaren F1, Koenigsegg CCX and Bugatti Veyron all held claim to the worlds fastest car title for at least a short time, by they ain't got nothin' on the Moller M400. Moller M400? Yeah, the Moller M400. It isn't just inching past them either. It will literally fly past these three supercars like they are standing still. It can outpace them by a good 100 mph. Heck, its cruising speed is 275! And it will do it with some added versatility that puts it miles above the competition. Well, 36,000 feet above them anyhow. The Moller M400 is the funky looking Skycar developed by Moller International Inc. and promised to be the next big thing for commuters tired of increasing traffic congestion.

Until now, a few orders were taken and the prototype was demonstrated, and the car even appeared in last year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Perhaps not as stylish as the special edition M6 convertible in this year's catalog, but it can fly, remember? And now one lucky owner will actually be able to get his hands on a functioning prototype! You see, company principle Paul Moller has decided to put one up on eBay starting Monday. Starting bid will be $4 million. The company has had some problems recently and is selling this "car" to help clear a debt backlog. Paul himself has given up about $1.5 mil in salary to help out.

Besides being well-heeled, we are guessing that you'll need at least a pilot's license if you plan to actually use it. You'll also probably have to fly out of airports, rather than from the freeway whenever you feel like it. Well, technically the car isn't even road legal just yet anyhow. So maybe this isn't for everybody. Maybe you'd prefer spending your 4 extra-large on something more like the Ferrari 612 P4/5. Or a Veyron and a Cessna or two. But come on people, who wouldn't want a flying car? And since we were among the first to tell you about it, whoever gets this has to take us for a ride.

tip: Andrew

[Source: Sacramento Business Journal]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ha, Kind of like nuke fusion, its 10 years away....always 10 years away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I had the money, it would be mine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      He's trying to develop it into a monument. It will even have a museum of Moller history - with two wings: (pardon the pun)1. Aircraft that barely flew and 2. Aircraft that didn't fly. He also says he's going to dig out a shallow pond to fly over, because coming down from 50 feet onto water is safer than land. If you want to see what he was selling in 1974 see this site: http://downside.com/scams/moller/index.html
      Yep, 1974.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why would Moller be getting THAT much in salary in the first place? ($1.5million of his salary - that's 10 years of the average startup company CEO, so he's obviously taking way too much)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes indeed....
      Here is a link to a site which holds a real gem - a faked picture of the XM-4 vehicle in "flight". Scroll down to the pic labeled "Saucer". The pilot is Pete Levin, who was a Supertrapp / Moller employee at the time. This was made in about 1978 or so. The vehicle was suspended by fine wires, which were then airbrushed out. (this was before photoshop). The same vehicle actually flew some years later when it had bigger engines and a real control system installed, but this shot is pure Moller hype.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some of the answers on ebay were suggesting that the skycar holds historical value, what a joke. Things like the SR 71, the 747 etc have historical value-scams do not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope he fells like an idiot-the comments and questions on ebay during thier auction really showed what people really think of his skycar and his company, which is quite low.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "functioning prototype"........Man, thats good one.
      Richard Tryon
      • 8 Years Ago
      What has happened to the monthly or bi-monthly letters? Did the M400 ever get its new engines and any testing in the air?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The guy is a scam artist-he takes all the investors money and spends it the way he pleases, vitimins or some new health thing. I guess he drives a new BMW now as the Lexus was getting old. Seems wierd he had to lay off all his good people and still be able to afford new cars and vacations to Europe etc. Do his stockholders know he does this? If they were smart they would get together and sue the MF for taking thier money with no return. He cheats at his favorote games and has lost many friends doing so, all for the almighty dollar, but at least he's rich-from the backs of others.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Mr. Moller is the definition of "Snake Oil".
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know this scam. The vehicle in question always needs bigger engines or some other magic, "just around the corner" fix. Look at the first 4 vehicles he has created, going all the way back to the 60's.
      The 1.5 mil is about a years salary for this guy, He does nothing but doodle on napkins, read the paper, and interfere with his employees as they (silly fools) try to make the vehicle work. He's not a nut, he's PT Barnum. There were a few successful robot technology demonstrators, but he had little to do with their design. This guy will retire rich, without ever really being successful at the flying car. But very successful at taking stupid rich peoples money. Year after yesr, at his stockholders meeting, he makes wonderful statements and promises. By the next year, all he has is a list of excuses for why little or none of it came true. There is no science, no test plan, no test data, it's all fast and loose, seat of the pants, cut n run.
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