The Phantom Corsair is a vehicle prototype from 1938. It's a six-passenger coupe that was designed by Rust Heinz, an affiliate of the H. J. Heinz family, and Pasadenas Maurice Schwartz, California based Bohman & Schwartz Coachbuilding Company. The design was an exit from recent auto design and it probably did away with many
features common at the time, that were finally deserted by main line designers.
Heinz intended to put the Phantom Corsair, which cost roughly $24,000 to produce in 1938 (roughly $300,000 in 2005 greenbacks) into limited production at a projected selling cost of $12,500. Heinz's death, at once after the auto was finished, finished those plans.
The utterly unique 1938 Phantom Corsair now lives in the nation's vehicle Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada. The complete story of this automobile, as well as studio pictures, appears in the October 2006 version of Classic and Sports Vehicle mag.
With a height of only 147 cm (58 in.), the steel and aluminum body had no running boards, door or fenders handles.
Instead, the doors might be opened using buttons found on the outside and on the instrument panel. To match the complicated design, Heinz selected the most complicated framework available in the US at that point, the Rope 810. The V8 engine-equipped Wire also featured front wheel drive and an electrically operated four-speed gearbox, as well as a fully independent suspension and adjustable shock absorbers.
To deal with the big body, numerous changes were carried thru on the frame. The vehicle's lower frame was made from chromoly steel and the higher frame was assembled from electrically welded aviation steel tubes. Power for the 2-ton / 4500 lb. (2000 kg) Phantom Corsair came from an altered Rope 810 Lycoming 8-cylinder unit, boosted to supply about 190 hp. The aerodynamic body enabled the automobile to reach speeds of at least 115 MPH (185 km / h)