Still another rare bird
While we continue to seek the Mercedes-Benz Gullwing and the less exotic, but even more elusive Batista 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, our friends over at Hemmings Blog have been in pursuit of their own Cuban curiosity – a mysterious “skycar” that was demonstrated at the 1959 Havana International Auto Show.
Guess they are the better sleuths, however: in no time flat, they found that the auto-plane combo was an Aerocar, one of six designed and built by Moulton Taylor of Longview, Washington.
An American named Thomas Weitbrecht flew the Aerocar from Key West to Havana, where he showed it off for 10 days in the hope of attracting sales. None resulted, but Raúl Castro did pose for a photo at the controls.
Perhaps Raúl would like to order some Aerocars today for the citizens of Cuba.
Hemmings, by the way, learned about the skycar from Che’s Chevrolet, Fidel’s Oldsmobile, the 2004 work Richard Schweid that we know to be the definitive history of cars in Cuba. For an in-depth review of the book, see here, and for Schweid's interesting relevation about why so few 1960 cars found their way to Cuba from the U.S., see here.