Was the Dale a scam?

Have you heard of Dale? This is a three-wheeled automotive prototype produced during the U.S. oil crisis in the early 1970s. Sadly, it never reached the market because it was accused of being a scam. Dale is a concept car that prided itself with an 850cc air-cooled engine.

Could the Dale have worked?

A promotional film in the 1970s appeared to show one prototype hitting 80 mph, suggesting that there was some chance at some point that the car could have worked. The Dale as envisioned by Carmichael was never created, and so the car never went on sale.

Do 3 wheel cars exist?

The F3 Adrenaline, a three-wheel vehicle from TriRod, is made of carbon fiber and boasts a powerful V-Twin engine. Because it has three wheels, it’s built much lower to the ground than a typical motorcycle and that lower center of gravity gives it incredible handling characteristics.

Where is the Dale car now?

One of those sketchy fiberglass Dale prototypes (shown at the top of this post) is in the Petersen Museum collection in Los Angeles. According to the Petersen, its car—acquired in 1994—once had pride of place in the lobby of Carmichael’s company, the Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation.

IS THE Dale car real?

None of the vehicles were produced, and only three prototype vehicles of the Dale were made. Only one prototype was able to move under its own power.

Who owns the Dale prototype?

The company’s flagship vehicle was the Dale, a prototype three-wheeled two-seater automobile designed and built by Dale Clifft….Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation.

Industry Automobile
Key people Dale Clifft Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael
Products Vehicles
Number of employees Unknown

How much does a Dale car cost?

A handsome brochure said the two-seat, featherweight (less than 1,000 pounds) Dale Car would get 70 miles per gallon and cost less than $2,000. Power came from a two-cylinder motorcycle engine, from BMW by some accounts, yielding a top speed of 87 mph.

How much does a three-wheel car cost?

The Polaris Slingshot is a half-car, half-motorcycle, 3-wheeled mashup that costs $33,000 and can do 0-60 mph in 5 seconds.