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Forest Coupe: 1926

Forest Coupe: 1926

San Francisco, 1926. "Rickenbacker in woods." Another automotive marque not long for this world. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Twilight Zone

Mr. Bevis drove a late 1924 Rickenbacker in the Twilight Zone Season 1, Episode 33 "Mr. Bevis" (aired 3 June 1960). Car appears at this point:

Four-Wheel Brakes

The Rickenbacker was the first car to standardize 4-wheel brakes (in 1923), which the competition then claimed (and much of the public believed) could cause a vehicle to flip over if applied during a turn. One can't help but wonder what any four-legged critter that could talk would have to say about that theory.


That looks a lot like the nineteenth at Lincoln. I've lost many a ball among those trees.

A car worthy of its name

Was the motto of this company founded by Eddie Rickenbacker, a hero in both World Wars. He used his World War I 94th Fighter Squadron emblem depicting a top hat inside a ring on both the front and rear of his cars and the radiator cap ornament is a plane. He was a man of uncompromisable integrity and when his company failed he saw to it that the investors were repaid out of his own pockets. In 1942, a B-17 in which he was flying was forced to ditch in the ocean where the crew tooks to life rafts. They were adrift for 24 days, being reported lost, when they were spotted by a float plane and rescued.

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