MODEL Experimental Six-Passenger Coupe
BUILT BY Rust Heinz
BODY BY Bohman & Schwartz/Heinz
ENGINE Lycoming (Cord) L-Head V-8 Cylinder, 190 H.P.
DISPLACEMENT 288.6 Cu. In.
This very unusual six-passenger coupe was designed by Rust
Heinz, a member of the H. J. Heinz (57 Varieties) family. The
design was a joint effort of Heinz and Maurice Schwartz of the
custom body firm Bohman & Schwartz in Pasadena, California.
Heinz' creation, costing approximately $24,000 in 1938,
featured aerodynamic engineering, front-wheel-drive, electric
gear shift, four speeds forward and a Cord V-8 Lycoming
engine which was modified by Andy Granatelli. Built on a
modified Cord 810 chassis, the car's lower frame was made
of chrome molybdenum steel and the upper frame was
constructed of electrically welded aviation steel tubing. The
allow steel and aluminum body had no running boards,
fenders or door handles. The doors were opened at the touch
of buttons located on the outside and on the instrument panel.
The interior was padded throughout with cork and rubber for
safety, sound proofing, and insulation.
In addition o the normal instruments found in a stock Cord
panel there were oil temperature, manifold vacuum and fuel
economizer gauges, battery charge level indicator, altimeter,
barometer and compass. Four persons sat across the front seat
and two in the back seat, facing the rear. Approximate top
speed was 115 mph. Heinz planned to put the Phantom Corsair
into limited production at an estimated selling price of
$12,500. His death, however, shortly after the car was
completed, ended those plans. This automobile was featured
as the Flying Wombat in the 1938 film, "The Young In Heart,"
starring Paulette Goddard, Janet Gaynor, Billie Burke and
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
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