a car that hovers above the ground, typically conceived as using antigravity technology
1958 Sunday Dispatch (London) 16 Mar. 10/4
[headline] Hover-cars[…] An American car designer has predicted that cars will fly by 1978. Mr Carl Reynolds says that future cars will be wheelless, and move 2ft. or so above the surface.
1959 Salisbury Times 30 July 9/4 (caption)
Hovercar, shown in artist’s conception, is one possible development of revolutionary lift and propulsion principle.
1959 Progress 17 Sept. 2/4
An air-borne vehicle called the “Hovercar” is being produced commercially by Saunders-Roe Ltd., British aircraft manufacturer.
Rice’s hovercar huffed along at a steady 80 mph.
Mozart in Mirrorshades in B. Sterling Mirrorshades (1986) 233
Beyond them were two private hover-cars.
High overhead, a hovercar skimmed the tops of the buildings, twisting in the bright sunlight.
My Brother's Keeper . ii. 31
My scooter was long gone. Seok rented us a hover-car. I was disappointed but not exactly surprised that he wouldn’t let me drive it, considering all the illegal things I’d already gotten away with.
Dragon Pearl xxxviii. 308
Research HistoryRoberto Labanti submitted cites from two newspaper reports: a July 30 1959 cite from "The Salisbury Times" [Salisbury, MD], and a September 17, 1959 cite from "The Progress" [PA].
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1958 cite from a newspaper.
Earliest cite in the OED database: 1961
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