• Dec 2, 2008
Click above for more shots of the Aerocar in eBay

Now here's something you just don't see every day. In fact, we'd wager most people will never see an original Aerocar in person at all, considering that only six were ever made. Now that one has managed to pop up on eBay Motors, this could be your chance to own a small piece of history. Built in 1956, this red and black Aerocar hasn't been flown since the late '70s, but looks to have been stored properly and appears to be in remarkably good shape.

Powered by a single Lycoming engine offering up 135 horses, the Aerocar is capable of hitting 112 miles per hour in the air and about half that on the tarmac. The whole kit was an amazing when it was designed in the 1940s with its front-wheel drive chassis propping up foldable wings that are towed behind when not needed along with a rear-mounted detachable pusher prop. The transformation from automobile to airplane reportedly takes one man just five minutes to complete.

Such a unique and historically significant machine isn't going to come cheap. In the case of the Aerocar, a cool $3.5 mil is all that's required to fly drive trailer it home for yourself. To quote Dr. Jones, this thing belongs in a museum.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      How many mpg does it get? :)

      It was a decent idea, but lacked practicality and was destined to remain just a gimmick. A helicopter is much more practical, useful, and in this case, cheaper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So,you need a Drivers license and a pilots license to use this!
      1 of 6 though, that's still rarer then those 70 Hemi Cuda Convertibles that go through Barret Jacksons ...and in about the same price range: a cool 2 mil for the cuda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They *do* have one in a museum. I saw it about 5 years ago in the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle.

      It is absolutely TINY in person.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An Aerocar actually FLEW to the hangar party before last years Meadowbrook Concours, a truly comical entrance to see this little thing buzz along, land and taxi over, it was an amazing sight!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...Calling Jay Leno...

      -or-

      ...Calling Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. (you knows I keep a private jet!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this on James May's Big ideas. It looked kinda neat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I seem to remember on James May's Big Ideas that the one he got to fly in was the only one left that was both roadworthy and airworthy. Maybe this one in the Autoblog post got fixed up? Or maybe I'm remembering it wrong?
        • 6 Years Ago
        ROFL 2 idiots think alike :D I was about to type same thing. I wish there were more of his shows though. I loved it
      • 6 Years Ago
      EW!
        • 6 Years Ago
        'd perfer a Harrier
      • 6 Years Ago
      You could just buy a nicer prop plane and a luxury car and still come out with a lot of money left over...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh I understand it's rare, but it's also pointless. I find it dubious even as a collectible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh that's very astute Aki. As he said, it is about rarity, not its capability. About that rarity...only six? I'm shocked then, that I actually did see one. I think it was a state fair or something. As a little kid, I was mesmerized at the idea. Then my dad the engineer explained how anything designed to do two such different tasks is likely to do neither very well. He could be such a buzz kill sometimes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap plane.
      Crap car.
      ...and only $3.5 million!

      Geez. Save a ton of money by buying a used Lear jet and a used Maybach... with enough money leftover for a nice condo on the beach.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it have Aerbags? lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Several photos show a rock propped under the front tire. So I'm guessing this thing doesn't have much in the way of brakes. I'm also suspecting that propeller shaft and propeller would have to be balanced perfectly. Otherwise, that design would lend itself to quite a shimmy in flight.

      It might have a slightly higher road velocity if you could just leave the propeller hooked up for freeway use. Wouldn't have to worry much about tailgaters that way either.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I've actually seen the aqua colored one in person this summer at the Oakland show.
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