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Pick of the Day: It just looks like a flying car

Pulse Autocycle has 4 wheels, aircraft style design

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At first glance of its aircraft-style fuselage, you might think the Pick of the Day is a flying car. It’s not. It’s a 1989 Pulse Autocycle, of which a reported 347 were produced in the late ’80s by the Owosso Motor Car Company in the midsection of Michigan.

They were the work of aircraft designer Jim Bede, and the first couple dozen were called Litestars. 

This one is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private owner, in Holt, Missouri, who reports that the fiberglass body fits over a steel tube-frame chassis. 

Autocycles.org says such vehicles are GCRVs, short for ground cruising recreational vehicle, and are sort of long-wheelbase (123 inches) motorcycles with a pair of outrigger wheels for balance. “It is classified in most states as a 3-wheel motorcycle,” that website reports.

Pulse Autocycle, Pick of the Day: It just looks like a flying car, ClassicCars.com Journal
Pulse Autocycle, Pick of the Day: It just looks like a flying car, ClassicCars.com Journal

“The exceptionally long wheelbase provides unmatched stability and driving comfort for a vehicle of its weight, class and fuel economy,” the website continues. “It seats two (tandem) and has almost six (6) cubic feet of storage space.”

Access to the cockpit, which has a heater and AM/FM/CB radio, is through a sliding canopy.  

Pulse Autocycle, Pick of the Day: It just looks like a flying car, ClassicCars.com Journal
Pulse Autocycle, Pick of the Day: It just looks like a flying car, ClassicCars.com Journal

Power for this particular Pulse, the 327th built, comes from a 1,1820cc Honda GL1200 Gold Wing motorcycle flat-4 engine and has a 5-speed manual gearbox. (The standard engine was a 1,100cc Honda 4.)

The front wheel measures 13 inches in diameter while the rear is 15. The outriggers have 8-inch trailer wheels. 

“Braking is handled by hydraulic discs at both ends, and adjustable shock absorbers were added by the owner,” the seller notes.

The seller adds that a custom-built trailer, which has never been used, is part of the sale. 

The asking price is $35,000. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Larry Edsall
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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It made it to $22250 on BaT last Sep. Reserve not met. A lot more pictures and comments on the Bring a Trailer site.

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