Dymaxion (Video)

In 1933 Fuller R. Buckminster was the inventor and designer of an American automobile called the Dymaxion. The 11 passenger pod shaped automobile had three wheels and was 20 foot long. Speeds of 120 miles per hour were claimed. The Dymaxion was stylish, efficient and it attracted a great deal of attention whereever it went. Buckminster even invented the name of his car. The name combined Dynamic, Maximum and Tension. In the 1930s Buckminster was often considered a crack pot but today a genius.


1933 Dymaxion
1933 Dymaxion

The Dymaxion was powered by a Ford V8 engine producing 85 horsepower that was mounted in the rear but it had front wheel drive. The body was made of sheet aluminum over a very solid ash wood frame, with a roof partially constructed of snap-on painted canvas.

1933 Dymaxion
1933 Dymaxion

The Buckminster Fuller Co. factory was located at the old Locomobile building in Tongue Pointe, Bridgeport, CT. At least 3 different Dymaxion were built by Fuller Buckminster. A 2010 reproduction is also known.

Other American automobiles beginning with the leter D

D.A.C. – Detroit Air-Cooled Car Co. 1922-1923
Dagmar – Crawford Automobile Co. & M.P. Moller Car Co. Hagerstown, MD 1922-1927
Dalton – Dalton Motor Car Co. Flint, MI 1911-1912
D & V – DeVigne & Van Sickle Paterson, NJ 1903
Daniels – Daniels Motor Car Co. Reading, PA 1915-1924
Darby – Darby Motor Car Co. St. Louis, MO 1909-1910
Darling – Darling Motor Co. Dayton, OH 1917
Darrin – Howard A. Darrin Automotive Design Los Angeles, CA 1946 & 1953-1958
Darrow – Darrow Motor Vehicle Co. Owego, NY 1902-1903
Dart- (see Martin)
Davis – George W. Davis Motor Car Co. Richmond, IN & Baltimore, MD 1908-1930
Davis – Davis Motor Co. Van Nuys, CA 1947-1949
Dawson – J.H. Dawson Machinery Co. Chicago, IL 1904-1905
Dayton – W.D. Dayton Automobile Co. Chicago, IL 1909-1911
Daytona – Randall Products Hampton, NH 1956
Day Utility – Day Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1911-1914
Deal – Deal Motor Vehicle Co. Jonesville, MI 1905-1911
Decker – Decker Automatic Telephone Exchange Co. Owego, NY 1902-1903
Deere – Deere-Clark Motor Co. Moline, IL 1906-1907
Deering Magnetic – Magnetic Motors Corp. Chicago, IL 1918-1919
Delcar – American Motors Inc. Troy, NY 1947-1949
De Leon – Archer & Co. New York, NY 1905-1906
Del Mar – Del Mar Motors Inc San Diego, CA 1949
Demont – Demont Car Co. Detroit, MI 1909-1911
De Motte – De Motte Car Co. Valley Forge, PA 1904
Derain – Simplex Mfg. Co. & Derain Motor Co. Cleveland, OH 1908-1911
Desberon – Desberon Motor Car Co. New York, NY 1903-1904
De Schaum – De Schaum Motor Syndicate Co. Buffalo, NY 1909
De Shaw – Charles De Shaw Brooklyn NY 1906-1907
De Shaw – De Shaw Motor Co. Evergreen, NY & Long Island, NY 1907-1909
de Soto – de Soto Motor Car Co. Auburn, IN 1913-1916
De Soto – DeSoto Motor Corporation- Chrysler Motor Corp. Detroit, MI 1928-1929
De Soto – DeSoto Motor Corporation – Chrysler Motor Corp. Detroit, MI 1930-1939
De Soto – DeSoto Motor Corporation – Chrysler Motor Corp. Detroit, MI 1940-1949
De Soto – DeSoto Motor Corporation – Chrysler Motor Corp. Detroit, MI 1950-1959
De Soto – DeSoto Motor Corporation – Chrysler Motor Corp. Detroit, MI 1960-1961
De Tamble – De Tamble Motors Co. Anderson, IN 1908-1913
Detroit – Detroit Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1899-1902
Detroit – Wheeler Mfg. Co. Detroit, MI 1904
Detroit – Detroit Auto Vehicle Co. Detroit & Romeo, MI 1904-1908
Detroit-Dearborn – Detroit-Dearborn Motor Car Co. Dearborn, MI 1910-1911
Detroiter Briggs-Detroiter – Briggs-Detroiter Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1912-1917
Detroit-Oxford – Detroit-Oxford Mfg. Co. Oxford, MI 1905-1906
De Vaux – De Vaux-Hall Motor Corp. Oakland, CA & Grand Rapids, MI 1931-1932
De-Vo – De-Vo Motor Car Corp. Hagerstown, MD 1936
Diamond – Diamond Automobile Co. South Bend, IN 1910-1912
Diamond T – Diamond T Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1905-1911
Diana – Diana Motors Co. St. Louis, MO 1925-1928
Diebel – Diebel Cox Mfg. Co. PA 1901
Diehlmobile – H.L. Diehi Co. South Willington, CT 1962-1964
Dile – Dile Motor Car Co. Reading, PA 1913-1917
Dingfelder – Dingfelder Motor Co. Detroit, MI
Direct Drive – (see Champion)
Dispatch – Dispatch Motor Co. Minneapolis, MN 1911-1923
Dixie Jr – Southern Motor Car Factory Houston, TX 1908-1909
Dixie Flyer – Kentucky Wagon Mfg. Co. Vincennes, IN & Louisville, KY 1916-1923
D.L.G. – St. Louis Automobile & Supply Co. St Louis, MO 1906-1907
Dodge – Dodge Brothers Detroit, MI 1914-1928
Dodge – Chrysler Corp. Detroit, MI 1928
Dodgeson – Dodgeson Motors Detroit, MI 1926
Dolson – J.L. Dolson & Sons Charlotte, MI 1904-1905
Dolson – Dolson Automobile Co. Charlotte, MI 1905-1907
Donaldsonville – The Donaldsonville Auto Company, Ltd. Donaldsonville, Louisiana 1911 Dorchester – The Hub Motor Car Exchange Dorchester, Massachusetts 1906
Dormandy – United Shirt & Collar Co. Troy, NY 1903-1905
Dormandy – Troy Carriage Works Troy, NY
Dorris – St Louis Motor Carriage Co. St. Louis, MO 1905-1906
Dorris – Dorris Motor Car Co. St Louis, MO 1906-1926
Dort – Dort Motor Car Co. Flint, MI 1915-1924
Douglas – Douglas Motors Corp. Omaha, NE 1918-1922
Dowagiac – (see Lindsley)
Downing – Downing Cycle Car Co. Cleveland, OH 1913-1915
Dragon – Dragon Automobile Co. Philadelphia, PA 1906-1907
Dragon – Dragon Motor Co. Philadelphia, PA 1908
Dragon – Dragon Motor Corp. Chicago, IL 1921
Drexel – Drexel Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1916-1917
Driggs – Driggs Ordnance & Mfg. Co. New Haven, CT & New York, NY 1921-1923
Drummond – Drummond Motor Car Co. Omaha, NE 1915-1918
Dual-Ghia – dual Motors Corp. Detroit, MI 1955-1964
DuBrie-Caille – The Caille Brothers Co. Detroit, MI 1904
Duer – Chicago Coach & Carriage Co. Chicago, IL 1907-1908
Duesenberg – Duesenberg Motor Co. Indianapolis, IN 1920-1937
Duesenberg – Duesenberg Corp. Indianapolis, IN 1966
Dumont – (see Santos Dumont)
Duplex – Duplex Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL
du Pont – du Pont Motor Car Co. Wilmington, DE 1915
du Pont – du Pont Motors, Inc. Wilmington, DE 1920-1923
du Pont – du Pont Motors, Inc. Moore, PA 1923-1932
Duquesne – Duquesne Construction Co. Jamestown, NY 1903-1906
Duquesne – Duquesne Motor Car Co. Pittsburgh, PA 1912-1913
Durant – Durant Motors, Inc New York, NY & many other locations 1921-1932
Durocar – Durocar Mfg. Co. Los Angeles, CA 1907-1909
Duryea – Duryea Wagon Co. Springfield, MA 1895-1898
Duryea – Duryea Mfg. Co. Peoria, IL 1896-1898
Duryea – Duryea Power Co. Reading, PA 1899-1908
Duryea – Duryea Motor Co. Saginaw, MI 1908-1913
Dyke – A.L. Dyke Auto Supply Co. St Louis, MO 1898-1904
Dyke-Britton – A.L. Dyke Auto Supply Co. St Louis, MO 1904