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Leyat

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1921 Helica at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris
1922. Exhibit at the National Motor Museum.

Marcel Leyat was a French maker of bizarre propeller-driven cars, with a factory on the Quai de Grenelle in Paris.

The first model, the Hélica, had a Scorpion engine of 8 bhp (6.0 kW), far more than adequate for a vehicle with a body weighing just 250 kg (550 lb). Nearby pedestrians possibly regarded it with even more trepidation than passengers. Parking would have been an interesting undertaking.

In 1927, A Hélica reached the speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) at the Montlhéry circuit.

See Wikipedia entry.


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