View Full Version : Leyat Helica

01-07-2004, 09:46 PM
I love this thing!
It's a vintage Leyat Helica and I saw it on SpeedTV recently (it was at Goodwood). Propulsion is solely by propellor and steering operates on the rear wheel. I'd be right at home: it's a lot like my old taildragger Aeronca.
This car's been in the same family since new. No explaination about what happens to jaywalkers that step in front of it's whirling prop. "Viva Le Cuisnart!", I guess.
Note: I just past 2000 posts...I gotta get a life!


01-08-2004, 12:27 AM
Good way to clean out your garage in a hurry....

01-08-2004, 02:49 AM
This car is often pictured in the British magazines, a very, er..., interesting car.

They did series produce it images/icons/shocked.gif (in a manner of speaking) but made very few.

01-08-2004, 04:20 AM
No need for deer whistles either.

01-08-2004, 01:21 PM
Probably lots of 'flow through ventilation' too!

01-08-2004, 10:43 PM
I beleive that's the only one still driving. Somewhere I have an issue of C&S that road tests the thing. Reminds me of something I saw on Gumby.

01-09-2004, 12:06 AM
Does that thing have a fabric skin?

01-09-2004, 12:16 AM
I've seen pictures of that before but never knew what it was!

01-09-2004, 08:49 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Basil:
Does that thing have a fabric skin?<hr></blockquote>

I suspect a good part of it is wood and fabric, I know I've read that the guard around the prop is wood too. That one was built in 1922, I think they built 30 of them total.

Here's another view (might be a slow load): http://www.goodwood-festival.com/2000/Main%20Pages%202000/gr2k28b.jpg