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Harv Goranson
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Ford's futuristic 2-wheeled Gyron appeared at the Detroit Auto Show in 1961. The concept car was designed by Alex Tremulis and Syd Mead, the gyroscopic mechanism to keep the car stable was based on theories by Louis Brennan. Two outrigger wheels provided stability at rest. AutoCult's model is up to their usual standard, with the Gyron script in chrome delicately applied. The tiller to control the vehicle is visible through the front windscreen portion of the bubble top. 

 

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Sadly, the fiberglass-bodied 1:1 was destroyed in a fire at Ford in 1962, with only a mock-up model of the car remaining. Tremulis, along with gyro expert Thomas Summers, went on to form Gyro Transport Systems Inc. in California in 1963. In 1967 they presented the Gyro-X, powered by a Mini-Cooper engine. Eventually the company collapsed and the gyro innards went missing. The car ended up at the Lane Museum, and a new gyro system was created after years of effort. The car appeared at Pebble Beach in 2017, and here it is posed with a very proud Jeff Lane.     

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Rick Thompson
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This vehicle (car?) was featured, and driven by Wayne Carini, on the recent episode of "Chasing Classic Cars" when Wayne visited the Lane Museum in Nashville.  It handled surprisingly well as he drove it around the parking lot.

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Karl Schnelle
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In the parking lot...

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Harv Goranson
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A next model from AutoCult? I know I took pictures of it too Karl but can't find them.


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Mark Lampariello
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I saw it in NYC as a kid.   It's my favorite concept car of all, and a Must-Have.

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