In 1911, some guy called Reeves took an ordinary 1910 Willys Overland Model 42 added 2 extra axels and 4 extra wheels and called his creation the Octoauto. Reeves claimed that the car was the best riding and most punture resistant car on the market (at the time). His theory was, with double the contact surface on the road, the ride will be twice as comfortable, and with 2 wheels on each corner, if you get a puncture, you could (in theory) just keep driving. In reality what happened was this, the car the Octoauto was based on (Overland model 42) was an average car at the time and the Octoauto was targeted at the luxury market and had a luxury price, $3200, which was more than twice as much as the original $1500 the Overland would've cost. And with twice as many wheels on the ground, you felt each bump in the road twice as much. All of this lead to the demise of the Octoauto, not a single order was placed, and the only Octoauto ever made was scrapped for parts... the rest as they say is history!
About this creation
As you can see, I didn't skip the engine. Here is a twin 4 barrel carb V8
From the front you can see the fender's structure... not easy, but I'm happy with the look :)
The original Octoauto had suicide doors, so I put them on this car as well. I gave it the rag-top from a T-Bucket and tried to keep it low to the ground. The Octoauto was a 4 door as well, this is a coupe.
The back of this car was difficult to design becasue there a no photos of the Octoauto from the back, so I had to use my artistic license and make it up. What I've done in center the pipes underneath a luggage tray.
Cars from early 1900s were quite high and rods need to be low. Making a high car low-slung was hard but I pulled it off eventually. The front end took 3 days to get correct but the rest of the car sort-of fell into place.
You can see from here, I've tried to make the interior as detailed as possible, while keeping the 1900s simplicity about it. There are two rows of seats but it would be a tight fit as cars from this era were narrow, this MOC is only 14 wide.
I played with a few designs for the air-scoops before settling with these louvered ones (twin 4 barrel = 8... get it?)
Such an odd concept, but you nailed it. And with 4 racing slicks on the back, you could load whatever engine you wanted into this thing and not spin the wheels. =P I like the interior, simple but effective. The roof is also good, it captures the lines of a model T roof without being cartoony. Proper stuff.