Star car The Reactor heads to Pebble Beach

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

reactor1 The Reactor was a mix of Citroen and Corvair. reactor1
reactor2 Star Trek's William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, with The Reactor. reactor2

Oddball 'car of the future' had multiple TV roles

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The annual Pebble Beach concours in the USA will this year feature a blast from the past - or future, depending on your viewpoint - namely The Reactor. It's one of several one-offs to appear in a class for American dream cars of the 1960s.

This sharp-nosed unit was the dreamchild of Gene Winfield, who originally intended it to appear at the 1965 Autorama show in Connecticut. It did that show, and a more extensive tour, along the way winning the Tournament of Fame trophy at the Grand National Roadster Show in California. Think of it as a customiser's Acadamy Award.

The Reactor went on to score a number of TV and movie appearances in shows such as Star Trek, Bewitched, Mission Impossible and Batman.

Under the paint it was a weird mix. Winfield went for a Citroen DS chassis because he wanted to adjustable ride height of the French car, but fitted a Corvair flat six powerplant for its low profile.

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