Spider story time » « It is the last day of the semester! Dream vehicle Time to go home. If I didn’t live so darned close to work, I’d hop in my spidercar to scuttle home. I wonder if something like that wouldn’t be safer than wheels on these icy days… Share this:PrintEmailShare on TumblrTweet Spider story time » « It is the last day of the semester!
can I be the first pedant to point out that it has six legs, and so is probably a Beetlecar?
Well I’ll be Johnsoned! It’s got FIVE legs!
Or, you know, a beetle. And maybe think the sixth, the left rear one is, obscured by the left middle leg.
Duckbilled Platypus says
The site you have it from suggests that the pic ain’t that old, and that it is photoshopped, but I remember this photo from years ago. I’m unsure if it is a real project or not.
If it is real, it just needs the finishing touch of some working headlights. And then, instant cardiac arrest material when people walks up to this monster when it’s foggy.
The Vicar (via Freethoughtblogs) says
It probably would be less prone to slipping on the ice, but more prone to accidentally stabbing pedestrians, pets, and strollers through the torso with a metal bar. Also the gas mileage would probably be terrible. And parking would be tricky at best.
Duckbilled Platypus says
Oh, look – they are “real” after all.
Aha a VW bug tricked out into a bug. A visual pun if there ever was one.
Bugs used to be tricked out in so many directions: dune buggies, poor person street rods, dragsters… A show I watched a few episodes of recently Car vs America had a segment featuring a modded Porsche 912 with air-cooled six cylinder set up with sand tires for off-roading. I appreciate the strange off-putting space such a contraption occupies as it potentially pisses off at least two demographics: affluent yuppie purists and rednecks. Yuppies would hate a Porsche converted away from its sole mission of wealth signaling streetness. Rednecks would hate a foreign built non-truck invading their sacred off-road turf. I kinda like that double affront.
Now someone should build a patina covered spider Porsche to affront even more people, the Germans included.
Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says
We had a similar piece here in Calgary. A beetle chassis up on insect legs off 14th St. Not sure if its still around, can’t seem to find it on Google streetview and I haven’t driven that way in a while.
What about the spider vehicle in Wild, Wild West?
Imagine all the sore knees that poor old bug has, all fenced in and nowhere to roam.
Apropos of rusting creepy crawly (er, crowly?), searching for legs vw bug finds several relevant / related hits, including, e.g., this short article, Spider Bug! 15 Spooky VW Beetle Car Art Sculptures, which has several eight-legged versions. Some have mandibles or chelicerae.
Ray Ceeya says
I used to date one of the welders that worked on this.
Probably. It’d be slower and when a couple of legs slip on an icy patch, instead of your vehicle careening into someone or something else, it should just slam into the road below and stop pretty much instantly with minimal overturning. I’m sorry, I meant to say “settle onto the road surface and commence rapid friction-induced braking manoeuvre.”
So, in conclusion, very safe!
Oh, all those legs may tangle and slow down emergency responders trying to get to you. But if we ignore the “beetle” thing and stick to the spider theme, I think the biggest obstacle to your rescue would be the spidersilk seatbelts, which beside being incredibly strong would also ensnare the would-be rescuers.
It is a Martian…octopod! Run for your lives before you get vaporised by the heat ray.
Snidely W says
David Klopotoski says
That must be the VW they used for Bill Rebane’s The Giant Spider Invasion.
“Aha a VW bug tricked out into a bug. A visual pun if there ever was one.”
My absolute favorite is still the lucky sod who got the custom license plate “Feature” for his…