The Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful Chevy Tremulis
This one of a kind car is quite the sign to behold
The story of this strange little car begins with its designer, Alex Tremulis, who worked for such famous car companies such as Cord, Duesenberg, and also designed the Tucker 48'. The story starts in the 1930's when, comedian Ralph Cook decided to commission a car and have Tremulis design it (this was actually one of the first cars ever fully designed by him.) Ralph decided to use a 1933 Chevy roadster as the base, and gave it to Tremulis to build. Tremulis, like many designers of his day, was obsessed with aerodynamic design, this car has a TON of influence from airplanes, as you can tell from the aerodynamic design and the airplane tale-like apparatus at the back.
The airplane tail rear styling on full display. Image Credit: Mecum
The engine and the technical aspects remain mostly intact, having leaf spring suspension, massive brake drums, and also a Chevy inline 6 as the powerplant (V8 would have been better), and even manual transmission. The interior is quite sparse to say the least, as it has some basic instruments, and that's about it. I think this would have made a great beach or salt flat racer, as it is aerodynamic, basic, and just awesome.
The basic, rotted out interior, somehow still looks beautiful after all this time. Image Credit: Mecum
Now, the main reason why this car stands out, the front grille, it looks like something a character in a Mad Max movie would put on the front of their car. It has a very art deco vibe to it, and obviously was designed to give the car an art deco-aerodynamic look to it (though if you ran into someone, they probably would be shredded.) The front end has much going on, as it has large bulbous panels on the sides, giving me the impression of an airplane fuel tank, or something like that, the artillery wheels just add to the overall craziness and appeal of the car, it just seems fitting to have those basic rims. Take some time to look over the details of this crazy car.
The later history of this car is very strange, as it debuted at the 1933 Chicago World Fair, but there are almost no older pictures of the car, and there are no pictures of it at the Chicago World Fair. After the debut, the car seemingly disappeared from history, no photos, no tapes, it seemed as if it never existed. All until it appeared at a Mecum auction mysteriously in about 2018/2019, all the pictures of the car show that it obviously had sat somewhere for a long period of time, perhaps in a barn or warehouse. It apparently was sold, to whom, I do not know, all I do know is that the car disappeared again, when it will reappear, I don't really know. It seems that history and time have not been kind to the Chevy Tremulis, as it seemingly disappears from the public eye. Overall, I think this car is a wacky and wonderful piece of history, that sadly keeps disappearing, and if anyone knows where the car is now, that would be cool to know where it is now. But in conclusion, a wonderful, and wacky car with a strange and mysterious past, almost entirely forgotten by history.
If anyone has any information regarding the car, it would be cool to know!