Leyat Helica Cars
Leyat Helica Cars - 1919 Leyat Helica Replica
Pictures of Leyat Helica Cars from car shows, car museums and classic car auctions across the U.S.
Leyat Helica Cars Pictures
Marcel Leyat was a creative genius. By 1909, he had designed, built and flown his own airplane, at a time when most people had never ridden in a car. Mistakenly, he belived that the future was in propeller-driven ground vehicles. Leyat completed his initial design in 1913 and tested it extensively. Next came the 1919 production model, like this replica show here. The basis for Leyat's designs was that a simple, light car (no transmission, differential or clutch required) was going to more economical in the long run. Leyat paid close attention to details such as aerodynamics and weight. Due to brillian design and the use of aluminum, the car weighs a mere 625 pounds. The Leyat Helica was shown at the 1921 Paris Auto show and 600 orders were received. However, Leyat never found financial backing and production ceased after just 25 cars were built.