V8 motorcycle from 1918


15 Responses to “V8 motorcycle from 1918”

  1. Barrytonic says:

    It looks to me like a hybrid Steam Punk cross between a fire engine and a Art Nouveau/Deco Tetsuo bike from Akira, awesome!

  2. eustace says:

    Sigh. If it were only steam powered. Still – want bad.

  3. BritSwedeGuy says:

    And I’m guessing made less than 20 BHP?

  4. Daemon says:

    Definately cool. Not as cool as the phantom corsair, mind you, but what is?

  5. tuckels says:

    @#3. I want a phantom corsair now. The best part about it was that it was designed by Rust Heinz, member of the Heinz Tomato Sauce Heinz family.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Actually, this ‘vehicle’ now resides in the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, on the 2nd floor.
    I was there last weekend and saw it and I WANT IT! =D
    Its just amazing.

  7. Milothedj says:

    For those of you in Los Angeles, you can currently see this on exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Truly bizarre.

  8. MadRat says:

    When I saw this bike I instantly thought of Cory. I can imagine Agatha Heterodyne or Gilgamesh Wulfenbach riding around on it. Too bad I didn’t notice before it doesn’t have handle bars over its wooden front wheel but uses a steering wheel in the back instead. I’m envious of you Milothedj, I’d love to see this machine in person. Incidentally if you like the Phantom Corsair as much as I do you can get the Hot Wheels version (Collector #656 of the 1999 First Editions) for around $2.

  9. Cheqyr says:

    @6: Nah … Gil would’ve put wings on it and flown it around. And Agatha would have turned it into some kind of hyper-intelligent cyclopean clank the first time she dozed off in the lab…

  10. forgeweld says:

    Grotesque and overwrought; always a surefire way to America’s heart.

  11. optuser says:

    This thing weighs about 600 pounds more than a Cessna 172. It would easily beat a Skyhawk in a 1/4 mile, but I wonder where the algebra shows the airplane catching up to the motorcycle? Would this thing be capable of over 130 mph?

  12. KahrlZero says:

    If one finds oneself in Maine (I know, why would you? but I used to live there) this thing is part of the collection at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, near Rockland. It’s humongous!

  13. Gilbert Wham says:

    Ye Gods, if I owned this I would rock it every day. BTW, is their not some hideously expensive Swiss machine that uses a similar idea? Looks like a missile, has 2 wheels w/little stabilisers that come down automatically at low speeds. I’m sure I’ve seen Jeremy Clarkson riding one.

  14. jheiss says:

    @2: 45 HP according to the first couple of Google hits. So @9 I’m not convinced it would beat a 172 in a 1/4 mile, the second Google hit says it has a top speed of 75 mph. “There’s no replacement for displacement” may generally be true, but I don’t think it did this thing much good. That radiator is the coolness though.


    I talked to a guy driving a Citroen SM today and thought that was the baddest vehicle I’d see all week. Holy wow does this ever out-bad the SM’s ass. Can you imagine how dangerous you’d look with your spatterdashers tucked under a V8? Makes my Guzzi look like a skateboard.

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