Only three Mohs Safarikars exist and one is for sale
Bruce Baldwin Mohs of Wisconsin, a widely traveled big game hunter, car jester, inventor, and major eccentric, combined all of these traits in the Mohs Safarikar. He built three in 1973. Now, with one listed on eBay for around $ 200,000, you can own Mohs idea for the ultimate chase car.
Starting with an International Harvester Travelall, Mohs added a Rolls Royce-like body and grill. He replaced the front seat with three dune buggy seats of the same type used by Steve McQueen in his Baja Boot racer. The seats are suspended from a bar so that it can swing like a gimbal on a boat. The rear seat folds down into a bed that can accommodate three people wherever the hunt ends, and there are rifle holders handy. The roof also folds down so you can stand up to shoot. And, the doors slide straight away from the body just because.
What makes the car stand out right away is the Naugahyde coating. He has over 40 yards of outside stuff attached with 70,000 staples. Now, while it’s true that we covered it all with Naugahyde in the ’70s, Mohs had his reasons for using him on the Safarikar.
He had noticed on previous safaris that the moan of an engine often frightened African game. To keep the Safarikar as quiet as possible, he covered the car’s body with aluminum-tungsten alloy bulkheads and 40-gauge aluminum sheet. In addition to that, there was a layer of sound-absorbing polyurethane foam and Naugahyde skin. In addition to being silent, Mohs stressed that the exterior of the Safarikar only needed to be wiped down once in a while.
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As strange as the Safarikar may be, it was probably just the third weirdest car Mohs hoped to sell. The Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan, powered by a massive 549cc engine, had no side doors. Instead, the sides were reinforced with steel beams to protect passengers in the event of a side impact. The “door” on the back of the car’s roof was raised high enough for the driver to exit the car for a grand entrance. There was also the rotating Mohsmobile with a body that spun as you drove it.
Only one Opera Car prototype has been made, and it is not clear whether the rotary car has even reached the prototype stage. But there were three SafariKars made, two of which were sold, and one of which can be yours.