The First Post-War Automobile

In 1944, as the war continued in both Europe and the Pacific, Ray Russell who has the head of a designers group in Detroit built this one of a kind automobile called the Gadabout largely from lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium, hoping that the October 1944 design would predict post-war auto designs. But, instead this bizarre design and photos only largely became a historical footnote, if not largely laughable. It’s not really known if this 1944 rarity has survived and is in a private collection or not these days. But a Phantom Corsair was also visible in the uncropped version of the same photo, and has become a priceless collectors item in a private collection.

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