TASCO Prototype

The resemblance to an aircraft is obvious upon first inspection of the TASCO Prototype. The canopy has a sloped-back windshield and streamlined appearance. The four wheels are sheathed in aluminum, like the ones used as landing gear. The front grill has marks on it that resemblance air intakes for early jets. The two-person seat is more akin to one built for a plane that for a land-based conveyance. Perhaps most significant, the prototype was the first automobile of any kind with a T-top roof, for which Buehrig earned a patent.

But it’s when one looks at the interior that the similarities to an aircraft become profound. The controls and gauges are unlike those of any vehicle ever meant to be used on land. A driver might get the impression that they could sail away into the wild blue yonder, simply by taxiing down a long, straight length of highway.

The prototype was presented to managers at the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, along with a proposal for them to manufacture it for the general public. They passed on the opportunity however, and the vehicle was eventually donated to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it sits on display to this day.

Source: Bill Wilson

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