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Buick Promotional Bus 1929 "Goodyear Airwheel"

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Buick Promotional Bus 1929 "Goodyear Airwheel" by Autocult

The fifth Wheel  

`The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company` introduced a completely new type of tire in 1929, namely a low-pressure tire, referred to the company slogan as ‘Air Wheel’. In press releases it was also listed under the name ‘Musselman Type’, which was done in reference to its inventor Alvin J. Musselman.   The company Goodyear acquired the patented rights from its inventor and hoped for a breakthrough, especially for use in aircraft and vehicles transporting heavy goods.   For advertising purposes, the company had a huge tire with the dimensions “…twelve feet tall by for foot wide …” – a height of 3.6 meters.   In order to promote the tire nationwide, the factory had a special car made by the company ‘Flxible Co’. The basis of the vehicle was a Buick, built in 1929, whose chassis was extended. The special bus structure offered plenty of space for passengers inside, with each row of seats being made easier accessible by separate doors. However, the main focus was not on the minibus, but on the mighty, large ‘Air Wheel’, which was literally pulled behind as the “fifth wheel” via a swinging arm hinged at the rear.   The show vehicle drove on its promotional tour through 24 states of the USA, was on the road for two years and reeled a total of 12,000 miles on the speedometer.   The promotion success was apparently rated very highly in the management of Goodyear, because a second, identical Buick was set on wheels. From then on, both vehicles continued their journey together through the United States of America.

Description: Buick Promotional Bus 1929 "Goodyear Airwheel"
Catalogue#: ATC10012
Product Type: Resincast
Scale: 1:43
Event: Road
Colour: -
Drivers: -
Sponsors: Goodyear
Dates: 1929
Race/Position: -
Release Date: August 2023
Weight: 1200 grams
Comments:

Limited edition of 333 pieces.

About Autocult

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.

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