Do you think that all strange and bizarre vehicles are build today? You are wrong; many of them were built a long time ago.

A good example of a strange car build 74 years ago is the McQuay Norris Streamliner produced in 1934 and built to be driven by McQuay-Norris. The McQuay-Norris Streamliner’s chassis and running gear were based on a unmodified 1932-33 Ford V8, and the aerodynamic bodywork was made from steel sheet metal attached to wood framing, with the exception of the doors, which were aluminum. The windows were made from Plexiglas.

McQuay Norris Streamliner
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This vehicle was not created in an attempt to break any land-speed records, instead it was intended as rolling test beds and promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, which manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings and other automotive bits and pieces that one might need in order to rebuild an automobile engine or chassis. This is the main reason why the interior was fixed with many dials and instruments to observe performance and engine condition.

Today the McQuay Norris Streamliner costs around $150,000.

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  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

The car really looked like a vintage car. It’s exterior appearance defines that its built 74 years ago. It’s exotic to use a wood frame on the body.

  (555) posted on 02.21.2010

Well, for that year, I’d say that people were kinda innovative, although I’m not quite sure on how this car will be able to make speed records. It must have been the original concept for vans at their time.

  (82) posted on 06.12.2008

that looks really strange for 1934.

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