Last Remaining Dymaxion Car To Be Restored
Three copies of R. Buckmeister Fuller's Dymaxion car were manufactured in the 1930's before production came to an end - and out of these, two have disappeared. The only surviving Dymaxion car is now going to be restored.
Synchronofile, an independent source of all things Bucky, has announced that British company Chrostwite and Gardiner is restoring the one surviving Dymaxion car. The Dymaxion car was a aluminum-bodied vehicle with three wheels. It was shaped like a tear drop to minimize air resistance, andweighed around 500kg (1000lbs). 11 passengers fit into the vehicle, which at best reached speeds of 90mph (140km/h). Due to it's lone back wheel, the car could do a U-turn around its own axis, but was not easy to steer.
Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (1895-1983) was an inventor, mathematician, author, environmentalist and architect, whose perhaps most famous legacy lies in popularising the geodesic dome.
Dymaxion Car #1 was involved in a fatal accident, restored, and later accidentally destroyed in a fire. Dymaxion Car #3 was was bought and sold many times (including being bought and sold by Fuller) and disappeared in the 1950s. It may have been sold as scrap during the US-Korean war. Two of the three Dymaxion Cars are lost forever.