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

Sell your car here for free!

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.

Unique Cars magazine Value Guides

Sell your car for free right here

 

SUBSCRIBE TO UNIQUE CARS MAGAZINE
Get your monthly fix of news, reviews and stories on the greatest cars and minds in the automotive world.

Subscribe