Gracing the cover of Mechanix Illustrated’s April 1959 edition, the unique car’s rear portion was described as the “club room” and had space for three passengers. The core idea behind Sir Vival’s two-part design was that one half would move to absorb the impact in instances of a collision, while the side-pivoting doors in the rear half were supposed to stay shut should an accident occur.
Designed by Walter C. Jerome, only one prototype was ever built. Ambitious and outlandish, Sir Vival failed to find any takers, especially among the key automakers of the 1950s, or even road safety enthusiasts. Jerome had plans to sell up to 12 cars each year at $10,000 a pop, with ambitions of producing one unit a day should the demand be there, but — at a time when a well-equipped mainstream luxury car cost half that amount — series production unfortunately never happened.