The Mercedes-Benz 500 K was Mercedes’ supercharged (K = Kompressor, or supercharger) sports car built from 1934 – 1936. The car featured surprisingly advanced equipment for the time – safety glass, hydraulic brakes, and a 12-volt electrical system that powered electric windshield wipers and door locks. Erdmann & Rossi are the Berlin-based coachbuilders who created […]
This truly stunning car, designed by Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean, has been called the first supercar. The prototype for the car was crafted from Elektron, a magnesium-aluminum alloy that was strong and lightweight (one-third the weight of aluminum). Unfortunately, Elektron was also highly flammable, so it couldn’t be welded. Jean Bugatti, clearly a […]
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If you were as transfixed as we were by the National Corvette Museum sinkhole and the subsequent recoveries of the damaged cars, you might be interested in this. The museum’s gift shop is selling jars filled with sinkhole dirt! No promises are being made about the composition of the dirt, but news accounts we’ve read […]
Is it a plane? A car? A boat? Nope … it’s the one and only Helicron, an amazing car-plane hybrid. At the end of World War I, many aircraft engineers found themselves out of work and started dabbling in automotive development. And that’s how the Helicron was born. Thought to have been built in 1932, […]