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Reviving the Unfinished Icon: Unleashing the Power of the 1925 Gerin Aerodyne prototype




The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum takes great pride in showcasing the rare and exceptional 1925 Gerin Aerodyne. This prototype automobile, crafted by the renowned Gerin Motor Company, stands as a testament to the innovation and craftsmanship of its time. Led by a dedicated team of restoration experts, including Andy Kenworthy our mechanic and Steven White whos responsible for the exterior and interior body repairs, the museum is committed to meticulously restoring the Gerin and preserving its historical significance.



In the early 1920s, during a period of automotive innovation, the Gerin Motor Company set out to create a masterpiece of design and engineering. The 1925 Gerin Aerodyne was envisioned to revolutionize automotive aesthetics and performance, with its streamlined form and cutting-edge features. However, for reasons that have remained obscured over time, the Gerin Aerodyne's production was left incomplete, leaving behind a fascinating piece of automotive history.


The Gerin Aerodyne's design stood out with its sleek and aerodynamic body hiding the aluminum expo skeleton space frame . Additionally, this masterpiece boasted an innovative engine placement. The engine was mounted on a sliding frame, allowing for efficient removal from the back of the vehicle. This groundbreaking feature provided practicality and convenience, enabling owners to easily take out the engine for repairs or maintenance while a temporary engine was installed, minimizing downtime.




An intriguing feature of the Gerin Aerodyne was its distinctive tire size, measuring 760 by 90. The unique tire dimensions further accentuated the Gerin Aerodyne's distinctive appearance, setting it apart from its contemporaries. The Gerin Aerodyne introduced an innovative braking system with rod-operated inboard drums at the rear. This design placed the brake drums inside the chassis, optimizing weight distribution and improving handling. The rod-operated mechanism delivered precise control and efficient braking performance, showcasing Gerin Motor Company's engineering innovation.


Bringing an unfinished masterpiece back to life posed unique challenges for the restoration team. With limited historical documentation, Andy and Steven employed their expertise, meticulous research, and unwavering dedication. Andy's skills ensures the mechanical revival, paying homage to its innovative design. Steven's attention to detail meticulously brought the exterior closer to its original vision, his craftsmanship recreated the groundbreaking of the Gerin Aerodyne's exterior.



The ongoing restoration of the 1925 Gerin Aerodyne at Tampa Bay Automobile Museum pays tribute to its unique features and engineering marvels. Under the expertise of Andy, Steven, and Smitty, the Gerin Aerodyne's exceptional engine, distinctive tire size, and innovative braking system are meticulously restored. By preserving its originality, the Gerin Aerodyne serves as a testament to the Gerin Motor Company's visionary approach and leaves visitors captivated by the unmatched ingenuity of this unfinished masterpiece.


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