Description

  • The only Airomobile built.
  • Intended as low-cost, massed produced people’s car.
  • Unusual three-wheel design with front-wheel drive.
  • Performed well on a 45,000 promotional tour at up to 80 mph and averaged 43.6 mpg.
  • Too unusual to attract financial backing.

Story

Story

Following closure of the Franklin Automobile Company in 1934, former Franklin engineers Carl Doman and Edward Marks organized their own firm to develop a new, air-cooled engine design.  Paul Lewis of Denver, Colorado, conceived the idea for this futuristic automobile in the early 1930s and in 1936 contracted with Doman and Marks to build a prototype.

Working from an aerodynamically-styled model created by John Tjaarda, designer of the Lincoln-Zephyr, construction began on the unusual three-wheeled, front-wheel-drive Airomobile and it was pronounced road-ready in April 1937.

The Airomobile prototype displayed here was driven more than 45,000 miles throughout the United States in a promotional effort to raise production capital. While the Airomobile proved itself a technical success by performing creditably at speeds of up to 80 mph and averaging 43.6 mpg of fuel, it failed to attract financial backing.  Although intended as a low-cost, mass-produced people’s car, this was the only Airomobile built.

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