This vintage flying car just crossed the auction block in Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.
This 1954 Taylor Aerocar just crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. The vintage flying car just now made its way across stage without reserve, and it brought in $250,000. That doesn't include the 10% Buyer Premium which brought the grand total to $275,000.
The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is in full swing, and plenty of unique and interesting rides have been crossing the auction block. One of the unique rides crossing the block this weekend is this 1954 Taylor Aerocar, a vintage flying car that can take to both the road and the skies by simply removing and attaching the flying equipment. Only five of these were built by Moulton Taylor, an aeronautical engineer.
With only 781 flight hours and 15,254 road miles, this Aerocar comes with full FAA certification. The sale of the car comes with an 8-foot trailer that tows and transports all necessary flying equipment such as the wings, propeller, and fuselage. To turn this two-seater car into a flying machine is said to take less than a half hour, and it ranges up to 300 miles and can cruise at about 100 miles per hour.
Powering the vehicles is a rear-mounted 320cui Lycoming H4 engine with an output of 150-horsepower. This ambidextrous car is shifted by a 3-speed manual transmission that sends power down to the front wheels. When in flight, the car then uses a Hartzell two-blade HA12 UF pusher propeller that can be found on the back of the tail.
This 1954 Taylor Aerocar offers the best of both worlds for somebody interested in the option of cruising around and/or soaring above the clouds. If interested in such a vehicle, make sure to tune in this weekend to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale as it crosses the block Saturday, January 18. No reserve needs to be met, but this unique and rare vintage flying vehicle will likely sell for quite a bit. This is an incredible artifact of transportation history. As mentioned above, only five were ever made, so place your bid on this rare vintage Aerocar.