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  • This is the only Julian built and it was radically different from other American cars.   
  • It featured an air-cooled, rear-mounted radial engine.
  • It had a tubular “backbone” frame and rear swing axles.
  • The steering wheel was mounted in the center, so the driver sat in a center seat with passengers on each side, slightly to the rear.
  • Two jump seats mounted on the dash were positioned to the driver’s right and left with backs to the instrument panel. 
  • The mock radiator cap was a gas filler cap.

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Story

The 1925 Julian was one of the most innovative and radically different cars ever built in America.  The car never got out of the prototype stage and this vehicle was the only one produced.  The Julian took its name from the designer and builder, Julian Brown, who, besides being a car builder, was also an inventor, flamboyant millionaire, sportsman, restaurateur, and nightclub owner.

The Julian engine was an air-cooled, twin-row, 6-cylinder radial design mounted in the rear of the car.  It had a tubular “backbone” frame and rear swing axles.  The driver sat in a single seat in the center with one passenger on each side, and slightly to the rear.  Two small jump seats were positioned to the driver’s right and left with their backs to the instrument panel, so passengers unfortunate enough to sit in these seats faced backwards.  What appeared to be a radiator cap was actually the gas filler cap.  Fleetwood built the aluminum body and the total car weight was 3,450 pounds.  The price forecast was $2,500 and the builder projected 25 miles to a gallon of gas and 30,000 miles to a set of tires.  Though it was a mechanical success, the Julian’s departure from conventional designs and Brown’s inability to secure financing for a production plant stopped any further development of the car.

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