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Ups & downs: the wild story of the flying car

Autocar Logo By Autocar of Autocar | Slide 1 of 29: In 1940, Henry Ford stated “mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come." And indeed, science fiction & fantasy eventually became science fact, with many early pioneers making strenuous efforts; many inevitably didn’t end well, sometimes tragically so. Today, there are more would-be flying cars than ever – and some now just need customers. Here’s our run-down of the twist and turns that make up the story of the flying car, complete with photos of them in both states of operation, where possible:

The dream of taking to the skies in a car without the need to swap vehicles has been with us since the 1930s.

In 1940, Henry Ford stated “mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come." And indeed, science fiction & fantasy eventually became science fact, with many early pioneers making strenuous efforts; many inevitably didn’t end well, sometimes tragically so.

Today, there are more would-be flying cars than ever – and some now just need customers. Here’s our run-down of the twist and turns that make up the story of the flying car, complete with photos of them in both states of operation, where possible:

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