Mohs (automobile)

The Mohs Seaplane Corporation was an American automobile manufacturer that was established from 1967 to 1979 in Madison (Wisconsin ). Founder was Bruce Mohs.


The cars rested on commercial vehicle chassis from International Harvester. There were two models, both of which were considered exotic.

Ostentatienne Opera Sedan

The Ostentatienne Opera Sedan was introduced to the public in 1967. It was an unusual technical and design problems car.

The vehicle had an unconventional hatchback body, whose design had few parallels to the current vehicle design. The Ostentatienne was unusually high, at 6.3 meters in length longer than any American production cars and had a large front and rear overhang. The front end was dominated by a high and wide, made ​​of aluminum grille. There were no side doors; they were not technically feasible, because in the vehicle flanks massive, made ​​of 3.5 mm steel were made ​​brackets, which should serve to optimize the side impact protection. The entry was made instead by a single, upward -swinging door in the rear of the vehicle; the driver had to go through a narrow passage between the seats forward.

Unusual was the tires on the Ostentatienne. The tires of the vehicle have been filled with nitrogen and had the dimensions 7.5 " x 20 ". The car was powered by an International Harvester truck engine. Two versions of the V8 engine were provided: The Model A had 4,982 cc and made 193 bhp (142 kW) at 4,400 min-1, while model B the values ​​of 8.996 cc and 250 bhp (184 kW) at 4,400 were min-1. The larger version was never realized.

The equipment was extensive. It included a fridge and a gas cooker. The lined with walnut wood dashboard carried instruments that were decorated with 24 -carat gold. The floor was carpeted in the style of the Chinese Ming Dynasty, and the seats were upholstered in velvet. The seats were suspended swinging.

Mohs announced the sale price for the Ostentatienne Model A in 1967, with 19,600 to U.S. $, the model B should cost U.S. $ 25,600.

About the scale of production, there are different information. In the 1980s, the literature assumed that Mohs recorded a series production and " three to four vehicles per year," produced. Other sources speak of a total production of three to four vehicles and the fact that the Ostentatienne " one or the other shoppers " found. In a document published in 2011 Bruce Mohs stated, however, that only one copy of the Ostentatienne Opera Sedan was produced; the vehicle is permanently remained in his possession. The vehicle was restored in 2009 by students of two American high schools after it was shut down for almost 20 years.


The SafariKar was built from 1972 to 1979 and was as unconventional as the Ostentatienne. He had an aluminum body, the ( vinyl ) was covered with padded Naugahyde. The doors had no hinges, but slid on rails to the outside, even so in order to provide increased side impact protection. The car had a steel convertible roof. As an option, there was a TV, four-wheel drive, a radio with two wavebands and a butane -fired furnace.

The V8 engine had a displacement of 6,424 cc and 179 bhp made ​​(132 kW) at 3,600 min -1. The price of the 2446 kg heavy vehicle was 14,500, - U.S. $. From Safarikar three copies were produced.