Sir Vival. You have never seen it’s like before. One that is truly different from anything else on the road.
A bold claim, we know, but we’ll let you judge after viewing SIR VIVAL.
Walter C. Jerome of Worcester, Massachusetts was a man possessed by a mission to make the world’s safest car. Jerome spent ten years developing what he hoped would prove to be the future of automobile safety. He gave us the Sir Vival in 1958.
The cab section of the articulated vehicle houses the engine – in this case a 1956 Hudson mill – two headlights that turn with the car, and the front wheels.You asked why a two-sectioned body? Because it cushions impact absorbing shock. Why a rotating windshield? Because it is cleaned as it moves giving the driver perfect vision at all times – in any weather. A triple-section, air-filled bumper surrounds the entire car which was about 17.5 ft. long.
The cab was coupled to the main body of the car which houses an elevated, glass-enclosed cockpit which gives the driver, with the aid of mirrors, a full-circle range of vision; a third Cyclops-like headlight which shines straight ahead when the cars turns; a spacious, comfortable “club room” for the three passengers; and trunk and baggage space. Only one Sir Vival was ever made. Amazingly, the eccentric Sir Vival turned out to be a survivor after all. A little the worse for wear, it remains in the care of Bellingham Auto Sales in Bellingham, Massachusetts.