The only car in the U.S. that has passed FAA flight certification and is on the road is about to be auctioned in Scottsdale, Arizona, auction house Barrett Jackson said. The car, called Taylor Aerocar, was built by Molt Taylor and has a 150-hp Lycoming O-320 engine with a front drive of up to 60 mph (96.5 km/h).
If you want to fly, it takes about half an hour to mount the wing and tail on the car, then put the gearbox in the air, and then the drive switches to the rear thruster. After take-off, it can fly at 55 mph (88 km/ h) and reach a cruising speed of approximately 100 mph (160 km/ h).
And the point is that the flying car is allowed on the road and has been certified by the FAA, the only car in the U.S. that has both approvals. Originally Taylor Aerocar wanted mass production, but the project was shelved because it could not find enough buyers. After half a century, one of them is up for auction.
The auction, the number “N101D”,” is the second of five cars, and its owner, Greg Herrick, has been carefully maintained at the Golden Wing Flying Museum in Minneapolis. It completed 15,254 miles (24,549 kilometers) on the road and spent 781 hours in the air.
In the past, Herrick has tried several times to sell the N101D, asking $1.25 million in 2012 and most recently $895,000. It is now auctioned again at Barrett Jackson in early 2020.