Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1950 Martin Stationette

James V. Martin was a prolific inventor who spent years designing cars that he hoped someone would be willing to produce. The Stationette was his last attempt. Produced by Commonwealth Research Corp. in New York, NY, this car is an all wooden monocoque construction. It features no axles, shock absorbers, or propeller shaft, which Mr. Martin claimed made it cheaper to build.
It was designed to fit the needs of the suburban commuter, as popular acceptance would greatly ease traffic congestion. The Stationette was shown at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show and offered as 'America' Economy Car of the Future.' Mr. Martin failed to convince anyone to produce this car.

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  1. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Now that is a cool car.

  2. Cool, mainly because of the use of wood, but since there is no suspension it wouldn't be so adequated because of comfort and safety.