The Advanced Vehicle Engineers (AVE) company was founded by Henry Smolinski and Harold “Hal" Blake at Van Nuys, California, in 1968.
The flying surfaces of this "air-car" could be detached from the vehicle, allowing the pilot/driver to use the car as it was intended. The car was a Ford Pinto fitted with flight controls and attached to the wings, tail booms.
For flight it was powered by a 210 hp Teledyne Continental pusher engine of a Cessna Skymaster mounted in the rear.
Nicknamed Flying Pinto, the combination would be available in the USA for $ 29,000 ($ 5,974 for the car and $ 22,974 for the aircraft part).
The brief first flight ended with flight-engine failure and it was driven back to Van Nuys.
Soon after, on September 11, 1973, this particular design failed in a tragic accident. Just after takeoff the wing struts detached from the car and the wings collapsed and both company associates fell to their deaths.