Classic Car Catalogue

Phantom 1938



The Phantom Corsair was designed by Rust Heinz of the H. J. Heinz family and Maurice Schwartz of the Bohman & Schwartz coachbuilding company in Pasadena, California. The aerodynamic body is a six-passenger 2-door sedan which measures only 57 in (140 cm) in height. The length however is an impressive 237 in (600 cm) and the width of 76.5 in (194 cm) allows to accommodate four people in the front seat. The doors are opened electrically using push-buttons located on the exterior and the instrument panel. The dashboard features a compass and altimeter, while a separate console above the windshield indicates when a door is ajar or if the car's lights or radio are turned on. The car is built on a Cord 810 chassis with Lycoming 80º V-8 engine developing 125 h.p. Though weighing a hefty 4,600 lb (2,100 kg), the Phantom Corsair can achieve speeds of up to 115 mph (185 km/h) thanks to its aerodynamic shape.
Production is scheduled for next year with the price estimated at $12,500.

A New Contribution to Automobile Design
  This car is distinguished by its unusual provisions for safety and comfort at high speeds. Four passengers ride abrest in the front seat, two in the interior rumble seat. The safety interior is lined with rubber (slab) in all areas where injury might occur to riders during accidents.
  The car is built with front wheel drive, electric gear shift, four forward speeds, develops a speed of 122 m.p.h. with small engine, wheels independently sprung, hydraulic double-action set-type shock absorbers adjustable at dash, and thermostatically controlled air conditioning producing heat or cold. The car has neither fenders nor running boards, the seats are molded of cast rubber without springs, the ceiling and interior side-walls lined with cork composition ¾ inch thick; there is a layer of sponge rubber under all upholstery, while steel crash board has 2-inch thick rubber covering – everything sound-and-shock-proofed.
  All glass, bullet proof for safety, tinted green against glare, and slanted inward toward top, eliminating reflections; hidden all-wave radio with two speakers; roof doors open simultaneously and automatically with regular doors.