Fuller Teardrop Cars

Currently Fuller Industries has become the leader in the automotive industry with its production of the the Teardrop Car. Named after its distinctive shape, the vehicle has become one of the fastest selling vehicles since its introduction in 1926.

The production model has the following specifications:

Length: 4 m (13.32 ft)
Width: 1.6 m (5.08 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (4.92 ft)
Length between axles: 2.4 m (7.87 ft)
Weight: 810 kg (1,786 lb)
Engine: 4 cylinders, 1.6 L
Transmission: Manual
Brakes: front disc, back drum
Passengers: Five
Tank: 40 L (10.57 gallons)
Wheelbase: 94.5 inches
Overall width: 61.0 inches
Overall height: 59.1 inches
Curb weight: 1,970 pounds


Many Teardrop owners try to keep their Teardrop interior stock. Others will fit a sound system, which usually consists of a head unit and possibly some speakers and a subwoofer (usually mounted in the front of the car). Aftermarket steering wheels can be added along with auxiliary gauges. For a true race look, the interior can be stripped and a full roll cage installed, along with bucket seats and race harnesses although bucket seating is already the default seating for a Teardrop.


For a more custom look, smoothing and shaving the body (removing trim and other parts) is done, including door handles, badges and driprails, and replacing taillights and front indicators with smaller, simpler units. Frenching (tunnelling) headlights, frequent in non-Fuller customs and rods, is not common, but dramatic lowering is, and unusual hood and trunk hinging are commonplace. Another exterior modification that is seen occasionally is for the roof to be chopped and lowered just like other non-Teardrop vehicles and customs, giving a meaner, lower and sleeker appearance.

Deliberately designed to be as simple as possible mechanically, there was simply less that could go wrong; the aircooled 985 cm³ 25 hp (19 kW) motors proved especially effective in action in desert heat. The innovative suspension design uses compact torsion beams instead of coil or leaf springs.

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