Last week we talked about a spacecraft-looking car that was spotted at a Wendy’s in Ohio recently. It was mystery with so many twists and turns, that the automotive community was left scrambling. We needed to know the story behind this vehicle. Who built it? When? What is it? Why? Thanks to the super sleuth detective work of “oliver@triplezoom” on vwvortex.com, we now have the answer! The vehicle from Friday’s 1A Auto Blog is a Ben-Dera Ford built by John Bender over 3 years in the mid 1990’s.
It turns out that in June of 1998, “Car and Driver” actually featured this vehicle and it’s owner / builder. His name is John Bender and he built this vehicle because well….. he wanted to. In fact, he built a couple of them! I would go into details, but honestly, this article sums it up way better than I ever could.
Once in a while you see cars that leave you wondering what exactly the owner was trying to accomplish. Then there are those cars that literally make you question what planet you are on, and how in the heck you arrived there. Today we have one of the latter.
Recently this “submersible-car-ship?” was spotted at a Wendy’s Restaurant in Ohio and posted up by “B3passatBMX” from VWVortex.com. He was wondering what the heck he had just witnessed, because we all know that “what has been seen, cannot be unseen”. Luckily for us, he grabbed photographic evidence of the “jet-vehicle-hover-plane?” because there is absolutely zero chance of the world believing this story otherwise. Now…. what he found sitting in this parking lot was truly amazing, almost beyond words. It was something so futuristic, yet retro, yet gangsta, that you aren’t sure what planet it was from or where it may have landed. Is it from the future? Could it be from the distant past? Nobody actually knows. All we know is that its home base in Ohio, and it appears to have once sported wings. Yes, I said wings. Also, notice the crazy blower-style drive belt inside, and fully custom hubcaps. The word on the streets is that it had a VW engine tucked underneath it, but who really knows. It may be a decoy so that you don’t notice the turbo rocket booster packs.
That being said, please enjoy the beauty that is this wonderous space-time-traveling-plane-car-ship, because it may be the only photographic evidence that it really exists. If you have any further information on this …… “car”, please enlighten us. Clearly somebody put a LOT of time and effort into this for a reason, and I personally would LOVE to see and learn more about it and it’s builder.