Mystery Car

Well, it’s Friday and that means. . . well, actually that doesn’t mean Bo Diddley squat. Regardless, you’re probably at work or somewhere else where things like fun and booze are non-existent, so how about a quick round of Name That Car? Most of you are old hands at this, and hence don’t nee the rules, but for you newbies, you need to give up the make, model, year and engine of the above pictured car. And, no it’s not the Acura NSX.
Okay, Friday on, Wayne! Friday on, Garth!

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  1. Alff Avatar

    That would be the Martin Aerodynamic of 1928. 4 cylinder Continental engine. Only one was made, it can be seen at Lane Motor Museum.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      About the only thing to add is there's also a three-wheeled Martin Aerodynamic from 1932.
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      1. Tomsk Avatar

        They also made a woodie, the 1950 Stationette.
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        1. Alff Avatar

          Not so much a woodie as a chubby.

        2. Tomsk Avatar


      2. facelvega Avatar

        I'm seeing the little '32 referred to variously as the Martinette and the Autoette. Does anyone know the correct moniker?

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          According to "Orphan Babies: America's Forgotten Economy Cars, Vol. 2" which generally appears to be exhaustively researched, the four-wheeler was designed in 1928 and built in 1931 and has the full name of the Martin Aerodynamic Auto. The three-wheeler was built in late 1931 and is the Martin Aerodynamic Autoette. Both were revealed to the public at the 1932 New York Auto Show.
          The wooden three-wheeler seems not to be an Aerodynamic, but is just the Martin Stationette, which "Orphan Babies" lists as a 1956 offering. It's only mentioned as a teaser in the second volume (1927-1943), however, and the third volume (1943-1969) hasn't yet been released.

    2. facelvega Avatar

      I read a claim that this was really a 1932 model, often misdated as a '28. Does anyone know if this is true? It seems to me far more likely that it is the later date as aero design hadn't reached this level of appearance yet in 28, while 32 is just a year before Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion Car. That said, car aerodynamics had been in the works since 1921 at least, so it isn't impossible.

    3. JayP Avatar

      Anyone within 3 states of Tennessee should make the trip to Lane Motor. It really is a great place.

  2. FЯeeMan Avatar

    You people take all the fun outta these. 🙁
    That and your depth of knowledge of obscure, arcane and bizarre automobiles is scary bordering on psychopathic. Keep up the good work!

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I'd like to say I aim to please but my psychopathy keeps getting in the way.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Am I in trouuble?

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      I came for the NSX pr0n.
      (sits quietly waiting for the show)

  4. Jeremy Avatar

    pffft, you're all wrong it's the next generation mail delivery truck

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