Video of the Day: Propeller-powered Helica

French-built vehicle from 1920s was a ground-bound airplane without wings

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Helica on the streets of Paris

All of those promises of flying cars may be unfulfilled, but there was an era in which people drove cars that were basically airplanes without wings.

Such cars were propelled by an aircraft-style propeller. The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has a wonderful collection of such vehicles.

While wandering around YouTube, we found this short period video of a Helica in action on the streets of France.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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