Bruce Baldwin Mohs
MOHS SEAPLANE CORPORATION - Madison, Wisconsin 1948 (1967)-1977
Year: 1977 MOHS, "The Mohs Model F Funster": 2 (single-side printed) page non-color sheet, 11x9. White sheet, with black lettering, has two photographs showing Model F Mohs Funster, driven by Bruce Eric Mohs (son) and Bruce Baldwin Mohs, with discussion.
International ConvertiKit pickup truck conversion
1972-75 Mohs SafariKar
The automotive designs of Bruce Mohs came to life under the auspices of the Mohs Seaplane Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin. Though he had developed lightweight motorcycle/bicycles (even a motorcycle sidecar that was a working miniature boat), the first of his radical automotive designs to go into production was the Ostentatienne Opera Sedan. Using an International Harvester truck chassis and a V-8 engine modified to Mohs' specifications, this first Mohs car was a one-door (that's right, one door, located at the rear of the vehicle) four-seat coupe. Styling was a rather bizarre mix, with an imposing grille and radiator combination that shows evidence of inspiration from Rolls-Royce.
Numerous unusual features such as full-length steel safety side rails, 20-inch wheels, sealed-beam taillights and a skylight-style roof characterized the Ostentatienne, which was to be offered in Model A and Model B versions (304-cu.in V-8 Model A; 549-cu.in. V-8 Model B). Luxury? With standard equipment that included a refrigerator, a 2-way radio that had a pair of base stations for home or office, a gold-inlaid Walnut instrument panel, velvet upholstery, Ming Dynasty carpeting, special safety bucket seats, a 110-volt converter, a butane furnace, and a multi-fuel-capable induction system, it had few, if any, rivals that could offer as much. These heavy cars (5,740 and 6,100 pounds for Model A and B respectively) carried equally heavy price tags -- $19,600 and $25,600.
Mohs expanded his automotive line with the 1973 introduction of the SafariKar, a vehicle that he created as a quiet, luxury off-road vehicle for the hunt. At least this metal-top convertible had two doors mounted on the sides of the body, but these were of a unique outward-sliding style rather than hinged. Seating capacity was for eight passengers, with three bucket seats up front, a three-person bench in the rear and jump seats mounted for "temporary use in parades etc." as the brochure stated. Much like the cheap children's cartoon toys of the 1980s, the SafariKar levered, folded and transformed into sleeping quarters for two adults and two children in the rear seating area, with the second windshield (this was after all a dual-cowl phaeton) becoming a tray table above the vanity found in the second cowl.
And no, your eyes are not deceiving you, the exterior was flat black, finished off in Naugahyde! "They also appreciate the more conservative features," notes the brochure. "The Mohs body construction method utilizing cast Tenzalloy bulkheads, heavy-gauge aluminum sheet, polyurethane foam and Naugahyde covering is not only quiet in the extreme, but low in maintenance since there is no paint on the exterior of the car. You merely wet, wipe and dry for cleaning. No waxing. No polishing." The brochure made no mention as to how your local body shop might be expected to repair this in the event of collision damage! Optional features included four-wheel drive, a 2-way radio, stereo, television and butane furnace.
Like the Opera Sedan, the Safari Kar was built on an International chassis with an International 392-cu.in. drivetrain. Output was stated to be "Adequate." Only a few of the SafariKars are believed to have been built between 1972-75, offered at $14,500 each. Heady money in those days for a really heady car!
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