The Homer Unseats Evoque Convertible As the Most Incredible Car of All Time
Three weeks ago, we crowned the Range Rover Evoque Convertible the greatest car in the history of mankind, sight unseen. Well, this week the mighty droptop SUV has been dethroned as a new challenger transitions from the small screen to life on the road. That’s right, it’s the car for the average American, created by an average schmoe: The Homer. Bearing the name of its designer, one Homer Simpson, the Homer was to usher in a golden era for Powell Motors but ended up bringing the company to financial ruin. Its double bubble seating arrangement and Cadillac tailfins were unconventional, the development cost was substantial, and the final price tag, at $82,000, was too dear for anybody but C. Montgomery “Monty” Burns. One man’s failure is another’s unequivocal success, and real-life Porcubimmer Cars has created a faithful adaptation that will appear at a 24 Hours of LeMons event near you.
The Homer – Introductory Video
The Homer from The Simpsons was born as Powell Motors was facing stiff competition from Japanese imports (possibly due to a gypsy curse). A big car with lots of pep, shag carpeting, and enormous beverage holders quickly made The Homer a dismal failure. The lime green paint job probably didn’t help.
The actual Homer retains most of the features of its imaginary counterpart. The step ladders leading in to the cockpit are needfully kept, lest driver and copilot struggle hopelessly to clear the Homer’s one inch-tall door sills. The gigantic roof-mounted horn plays “La Cucaracha” and the 1950s-era rocket booster taillights add aerodynamic flair. The second bubble for unruly children is thankfully reproduced, although it will seat full size kids rather uncomfortably. It is not apparent whether the restraints or muzzles for back seat passengers are standard or optional. A Rolls-Royce grille adorns the front of the car, and the Spirit of Ecstasy is jettisoned in favor of a bowler midthrow. The exhaust note does indeed make passerby mistakenly believe that the world is coming to an end.
As a fan-made homage latched onto a BMW E30 chassis, The Homer will not enter production for obvious cost and copyright reasons, but one can dream.
The Homer Racing at 24 Hours of LeMons, Buttonwillow Raceway