While Spain was ravaged by civil war, an enterprising and resourceful man named Francisco Gaitan opened a bicycle repair shop in Seville. He was soon making his own bikes and trikes for a nation starved for transportation. He expanded his business to make tiny motors for bicycles and small delivery vehicles.

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After the outbreak of WWII, his bread and butter became invalid carriages for wounded veterans, a business that carried the company into the 1990's.

But, after the war's end, he set his sights on building cars. Apparently, his only source of reference for the automobile were drawings of Whoville because his cars featured some of the most whimsical and fantastic designs in automotive history.

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Like the rest of Europe, Spain had limited resources, so vehicles had to be simple. But, no one said they had to be boring. He started with this open bodied, polished aluminum model then moved on to the fish-tailed pod shown above.

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He even proposed an ambulance version.

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Each car featured a 125cc engine mounted to the front wheel so you turned the engine with the wheel.

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The cars never went into production, but did create a bit of a stir when the below newsreel came out.

Spain produced several successful micros like the Biscuter and David as well as building their own Goggomobils, so it seems there just wasn't room for the wonderful Gaitan which is a shame. I'm sure Theodor Geisel would have bought one.