Thomas Rocket Car 1938 by Autocult
Ahead of its Time?
Charles Thomas, who graduated from the GM Institute of Technology in 1935, had
a vehicle in his mind that did not exist before and which he was convinced
would set new standards in the industry. Charles Thomas found a job at Pontiac
after his studies, and yet the desire was greater to build his own car than to
work for the US car company. In the middle of 1936 he quit his job. He teamed
up with fellow student Norm Richardson and they both started building their
Rocket Car in a garage in Batavia.
realize their unique model they draw on existing parts of the car market. For
example, the went for a V8 engine from a current Ford model, to which they
mounted a three-speed transmission. The inner workings of his passenger car were
not a priority of Charles Thomas. He focused on the design of the car. A
central pointed front hood, much deeper than usual embedded front lights,
completely with sheet metal covered wheels, and extreme curves on the entire
car resulted in a body that was very unusual at the time. Charles Thomas and
Norm Richardson were quite proud of their work - in the end it took them almost
four years to finish their unique car. Hoping that their unique design would
also cause the same euphoria at the big names of the industry, they made their
way to the U.S. capital of the automotive industry, in Detroit, and presented
it to the three largest manufactures – General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.
the reaction of all three companies was not as Charles Thomas and Norm
Richardson desired. The company representatives were not as enthusiastic as
they were, and the big dream of a series production of their unique car design
was not fulfilled!
|Description: ||Thomas Rocket Car 1938 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC04030 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Concept Cars, Road |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1938 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||April 2021 |
|Weight: ||450 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.