c.1920s: The Hélica

‘Leyat was a French automobile manufacturer established in 1919. Its first model was called Hélica, also known as ‘The plane without wings’. The vehicle was powered by a giant propeller. In 1927, a Hélica reached the speed of 106 mph. Between 1919 and 1925, Leyat managed to sell 30 vehicles.’

- Wikipedia

4 Responses

  1. John R.

    I was going to say I thought the car in the top photo looked like it would go pretty fast. 106 mph, not surprised. A bit more streamlining and better tires, and I bet it would’ve gone quite a bit faster.


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