This is a story well worth reading, from white sands.
Not sure if anyone remembers the Dale Sports car. It was a three wheeled car driven by the single rear wheel. Any repairs they simply dropped the small engine wheel assembly out and installed a loaner till your engine was fixed that same day. The company left it's so called headquarters in California and appeared in a really nice office building located on north LBJ freeway in Dallas. I left work to go meet Ms. Carmichael as the daily Dallas talk shows had been talking all about this revolutionary car.
A guy I worked with gave me one of their sales brochures showing how the car worked and future models that would be offered later. The car could turn a tighter circle then any car made. It was light weight and could get 70 mpg is what caught my eye. I never though how loud the 2-cylinder engine would be in the back if it were not super insulated from the cabin.
I remember she was on a live Dallas talk radio station one night with many interested callers asking all about the car. I actually shook hands with her one day. I left work on my lunch hour and drove about 7 miles of freeways to meet her and get more brochures. It felt kind of strange when she stood up from behind her desk all dressed up with her big hairdo and being over 6 foot tall in her not so steady high heels. I think she noticed we were looking eye to eye and I was 6' 4" myself. Here below read the stories and what happened to her and her great car.
Geraldine Elizabeth "Liz" Carmichael was an American entrepreneur who marketed the three-wheel Dale sports car in 1975.
The Dale car, a design of Dale Clift, was supposed to be produced by Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation in California. According to Twentieth Century's 1975 brochure, it had a two-cylinder engine, would reach 70 miles per US gallon (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg-imp) and would cost $2000. The body was to be constructed out of 'rocket structural resin' that would withstand damage well. There were only three prototype copies ever made and only one of them could move under its own power.
Here is what happened..
The story is below the picture on this first link.
one more involving a young nurse..
Here are some pictures of her and various shots of her Dale Sports car that was never to be.