Former WW2 pilot an aeronautical engineer Moulton “Molt” Taylor started his quest for a convertible aeroplane/car in 1946. The first prototype made its maiden fight three years later. His Aerocar Model 1 was a two-seater which had a two-part fuselage comprising the car forward body section and an aft detachable section carrying wings and tail. Only five more Model 1 were subsequently produced. Not one to give up easily, Taylor persevered with the idea anyway.
A deservedly proud daddy next to a dandy 1/4 scale wind tunnel model. Quite early in the development in view of that wide lower fin.