July 12: Buckminster Fuller builds his first Dymaxion car on this date in 1933

Justin Hyde

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Inventor Buckminster Fuller is most remembered today for creating the geodesic dome, but he also spent several years attempting to build a new kind of car. The Dymaxion — a word Fuller used as his personal brand — was a three-wheel, rear-engined pod that had more in common with aircraft than vehicles, and the first copy rolled out of his Connecticut workshop on this date in 1933. Fuller was never able to fully start production after a test model crashed and killed a driver; the only surviving Dymaxion above was recently restored. Below, you can see the Dymaxion on the road along with a famous passenger who wanted to own one, Amelia Earhart.

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