A few days ago I got a forwarded email full of pictures of this unusual car:
In the late 1930s this one-of-a-kind Helicron was placed in a barn and forgotten. More than six decades later this odd lost little gem was rediscovered, rebuilt, and reintroduced to the world... Although the manufacturer is unknown, it's believed that this car was built in France 1932. Following the first World War it was not uncommon for recently displaced airplane engineers to look towards the automobile industry for employment.
As in this example, a few entrepreneurs developed propeller-powered cars with the notion that propeller power was an efficient means of moving a vehicle. On this car, when the wooden propeller is spinning at full speed and efficiently, this little 1,000-pound boat-tailed skiff can hi t freeway speeds exceeding 75 mph. This is the one and only Helicron in existence, owned by Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN.
To save me the trouble of having to post the pictures, here's a website I found with a bunch of pictures of the same car
. It repeats pretty much the same information as the email as well -- except it says "airplane engines" instead of "airplane engineers."
I don't see any reason to doubt that the pictures are real, but what about the story behind them? The "valuable antique car discovered in a barn" story is an often discussed UL here, which makes me a little skeptical of the story.