The radically futuristic Dymaxion was conceived by the influential American inventor/philosopher Buckminster Fuller.
With a Zeppelin-like fuselage sheathing humble Ford underpinnings reconfigured into a mid-engined, rear-steered three-wheeler, it was a star attraction of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Of the three originals, only the second survives, in Reno’s National Automobile Museum.
Having worked with Fuller in the 1970s, the eminent architect Norman Foster decided in 2010 to celebrate his hero by building a fourth Dymaxion – and, fascinated by the ‘Silver Arrows’ as a child, he chose Crosthwaite and Gardiner to build the new car.
Fuller was a visionary, not an engineer, and the Dymaxion resembles no other car. The only option was to ship the sole survivor from the US to our workshops, in exchange for restoring its missing interior.
After meticulously dismantling and documenting the original, our team carried out a cosmetic restoration of the body and interior alongside the build of Lord Foster’s new Dymaxion, as an exact replica of car No.3
The project was so historically significant that it became the subject of both a book and a film, and the car continues to be exhibited worldwide.