Vintage PR Shot: 1948 Gatso Aero-Coupe (Netherlands) – Got Aero Conditioning?

Maus Gatsonides was a Dutch rally driver and inventor. In 1948, he cobbled up this, initially called the Gatford, since it was Fprd-based. But Ford objected, either because it sounded too much like their Matford, or maybe because it was not very good looking.

Gatsonides learned his lesson, and in 1949 built something much better looking (below). It too flopped, but Maus went on to invent the modern speed camera, which was a success.

The Gatso 1500 Sport was Fiat-based, and looks considerably better.From Wikipedia:

It was nicknamed the “Platje” (English: “Flatty”) because of its aerodynamic shape. The car caused a sensation at the Dutch Zandvoort Racetrack, passing all of the opponents including MG‘s. Maurice was forced to sell the Flatty to pay creditors after trying to put his own V8 sportscar into production. The Flatty however, survived. It was found abandoned in the 1970s and has now been restored by Joop Bruggeman. It is the last-known surviving Gatso car.

Gatsonides won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1953 driving a Ford Zephyr.

Gatsonides originally invented the Gatso Speed Camera for his own use, so he could time himself on the track during practice.