Mr. Mohs and his amazing motor cars | Hagerty Media
Mohs Motor Car, the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Bruce Baldwin Mohs, built just four cars, selling but two of them. Despite that limited output, Mohs made his mark on automotive history. Unfortunately for Mr. Mohs' legacy, almost all of the acclaim for his creations include words like "oddest," "weirdest," "strangest," "unusual," "ridiculous," and the perennially clichéd "worst." https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/mr-mohs-and-his-amazing-motor-cars/
Having met Bruce I can attest that the phrase “erect and with dignity” was chosen on purpose just for the entertainment for a lot of people. He was a character, plus he built and displayed a 30 foot long accurate model of the USS Wisconsin in his front yard!
In 1974 I was attending a trade school in Phoenix and had a part time job working as a detailer for a fellow. We mostly worked on cars dealers had taken in, but also had some specialty cars come in from other sources. One of them was a Mohs Safaricar. I was amazed at the way the doors opened, the fact that the rear seat became a bed, and many of the other features of the car. It wasn't until years later that I found how rare the car was! While it is certainly far from beautiful, it is an amazing creation, and I am happy to say that I put my hands on it back in my youth!
Funny, but I recall while in high school and not driving yet, of seeing the Ostienne at the SAE show at Cobo Hall, in Detroit in 1964 and getting a flyer on it. This was only the 2nd time I got a car flyer/brochure. The first was in 1962 at the SAE, for the CRV, designed by William Schmidt Associates for Marbon Chemical's new ABS plastic. The Moh's was an incredible joke to an aspiring car designer, going to Cass Tech!
I don't think the Opera Sedan was yet made in 1964. I saw it in the late 1960s at Cobo, either at the Detroit Auto Show or the Detroit Autorama. That's when I got the flier that's one of the post's illustrations.
The Marbon CRV/Piranha/Bolide is a fascinating story.
Why is there a microphone sticking out of the left side of the dash on the OOS? And the "guaranteed to fade and just generally look shabby in a few years" pile upholstery really took me back, let alone the CB radio on the other car.
'too much' was not in his vocabulary For as ...interesting as they look they aren't bad for extremely low volume production cars. I imagine if I tried to assemble my own car from scratch in my garage it would wind up with some level of awkwardness too. The safarikar reminds me of the car in the movie 'the car'
Back around 1990, I had the pleasure of giving Bruce Mohs a biennial flight review as required by the FAA. He was a competent pilot and I was a flight instructor and Bruce was as kind and nice a guy as you could know. He was also the definition of “eccentric” in a very playful and very smart way.
One thing that The Amazing Mr. Mohs invented which has lived on and has been a valuable addition to driving safety was this invention: the creation, design and production of the yellow reflective material (tape) seen along and on roadways at construction sites, marking bridge abutments, lanes and so much more.
And by the way, the automobile museum in Roscoe, Illinois ( my home town) is a great place to spend a few hours. Not far from Madison, Milwaukee, Rockford and Chicago. Worth a visit.
One, yes, just one thing, caught my attention on the OOS, in the LR quarter view: The Whip antenna. I guess I'm giving away my age but I always thought there was something powerful about a big whip antenna on the tail end of high-performance V-8 1950s State Police cruiser...right along with those rumbling dual exhausts.