Flying cars have been featured prominently in science fiction works for close to a hundred years. The idea of people “driving” in the skies has also been the subject of serious discussion and speculation ever since it was born. Some predicted that they would be commonplace by the turn of the new millennium. Unfortunately, unlike private space travel and the “videophone,” this futuristic prediction didn’t end up coming true. In the last two decades or so, a few projects resulted in some form of prototype being built, but none of them really got any traction and ended up being abandoned.
But there is some good news for those hoping to see flying cars in their lifetimes. Promising tech industry startups like AeroMobil have managed to make progress lately, to the point where one can realistically say that at least a few production models will be built within the next few years.
For those who are just too impatient, a rather unique opportunity to own a flying car this year has opened up. A prototype of the 2001 Moller International G90 M400 Skycar is now being auctioned off on eBay. Moller International is a company founded by Paul Moller, who has over five decades of experience creating flying car designs. Even though the company managed to build a prototype, they haven’t seen any commercial success and weren’t too lucky in attracting enough investors to fund their ambitious projects.
The Skycar has an interesting attribute: it’s the first flying car prototype capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Whoever wins the auction will certainly become the owner of one of the world’s most unique vehicles, but they shouldn’t get too excited about the prospect of flying around in it anytime soon. The auction listing clearly states that the Skycar prototype hasn’t received FAA approval and thus cannot legally be flown. The flying car’s inventor hopes to sell it to a collector with an interest in unique vehicles or to a museum that will use it as part of a display.
Paul Moller is also open about the fact that the prototype will need some modifications to pass FAA approval. He added that if a buyer chooses to pursue this option, his company would be willing to work together on their project.