This contraption was envisioned by aircraft engineer Jim Bede and produced by the Owosso Motor Car Company in Michigan between 1985 and 1990. Inspired by fighter jets and Bede’s very own BD-5 small aircraft, the Pulse Autocycle rides on two wheels, provides room for two under a small roof, and looks like an airplane cockpit with tiny wings to the sides. Each wing hides a small eight-inch wheel that helps the car maintain balance.
Whatever you decide to call this thing, it will turn heads everywhere you drive it. And people will genuinely expect it to hit at least 100 mph (161 kph) and take off the ground. It won’t do that, unfortunately, but the Autocycle is so odd that it’s actually cool.
If you haven’t seen one yet, it’s because the Pulse Autocycle is a rare bird. Although production stretched over five years, the Michigan-based company built only around 350 of them. Yes, even though it was crafted in the 1980s, the concept didn’t really catch on.
The Autocycle doesn’t have a solid following either, but examples pop up on the used car market from time to time. And they’re not exactly cheap either. This red-painted example surfaced in Galion, Ohio, and it looks surprisingly good for its age. But that’s mostly because it has been restored and fitted with a few upgrades too.
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