As a matter of fact, it does
Have you ever seen the opening titles of the 1960s animated TV series The Jetsons? You know, the part where George Jetson arrives at work and his flying car folds up into a briefcase?
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter, above, is what put that idea in Hanna-Barbera’s head.
The Valmobile Suitcase Scooter was not some fanciful art object. Not at all. From the marketing materials:
The motor scooter of a thousand uses. Instant transportation for one or two, completely portable, folds compact (27 x 14 x 24″) …stores like a piece of luggage. Automatic transmission. Easy starting. Smooth riding. Up to 35mph. Up to 165mpg. Air cooled 2-cycle. 2.8hp engine. Under $200.
A blog post apparently written by the pictured scooter’s new owner contains all kinds of info about it: it was designed by a by a French inventor named Victor Bouffort; this example is in excellent original running condition; and IT WAS AVAILABLE WITH A SIDECAR.
The post contains several adverts illustrating the Suitcase Scooter’s versatility, and a section of pics of other vehicles designed by Mr. Bouffort.
It was even revived in 1992, badged as a Hirano by a Japanese company of the same name.
One ad shows the folded scooter in an inflatable boat. However, it appears to be too big to be a carry-on bag. You’d have to check it.
Thanks to FYSC Reylan for digging up the linked page. F**k Yeah!