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Lane Motor Museum Finishes Replica of Rare 1933 Dymaxion

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/24/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tenn., has finished building its replica of a 1930s Dymaxion, a task that took eight years to complete. If you've never heard of the Dymaxion, you're not alone. There were only three built between 1933 and 1934, with only one original car remaining in addition to the Lane museum's replica.

1933 Dymaxion Replica© Provided by MotorTrend 1933 Dymaxion Replica

The Lane Motor Museum specializes in classic European cars. The Dymaxion, however, was born in the United States, a product of architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller and designer Isamu Noguchi. The 11-passenger vehicles boasted a streamlined teardrop shape and a Ford V-8 engine, which allowed it a top speed of 90 mph and efficiency reportedly as high as 30 mpg. The vehicle was a technological marvel in its day but also quite an oddball, with its three-wheeled design, front-wheel drive layout, rear-mounted engine, and rear wheel steering.

Despite its aerodynamic advantages, the Dymaxion failed to bring in investors to mass-produce the vehicle. Two of the three cars were sold, and ultimately destroyed by a crash and a fire, respectively. The last remaining original example resides at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, but it doesn't run. Lane Motor Museum's team of restorers and mechanics began building a replica of Dymaxion #1 in 2007, and completed the project just recently.

The vehicle will go on display beginning February 26, but soon after will embark on a road trip from Nashville to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida on March 15.

Source: Lane Motor Museum

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