The future imagined, built on visions of space colonies, flying cars, robotic servants, and interstellar travel. One remembers the most impressionable events of their youth and September 15th, 1965 was one of those events. Lying on the living room floor, hands propping up my chin, wide eyed, fixated on the TV. ‘Lost in Space’ was the greatest thing I had ever seen in all my six years of life. The show premiered at the height of the space race and people were fascinated with space and the endless possibilities it could bring. It was pure science fiction.
The’ Lost in Space Chariot’ was originally built in 1965 for the hit TV show starring June Lockhart and Guy Williams and was the vehicle used to transport the Robinson family when (usually crashed) on different planets.
A lifelong fan, I always hoped to see the Chariot at a car show or Sci-Fi event. 2015 was the 50th anniversary of the show and the Chariot was nowhere to be found. In February 2015, I decided to build an exact working replica of this iconic vehicle using the same vintage Snowcat base and components as the Twentieth Century Fox prop department used back in 1965. I acquired the original Fox blueprints and in September 2015 completed the project.
The Chariot debuted in the Northeast with original cast members, Marta Kristen, Mark Goddard, Billy Mumy and Angela Cartwright on the 50th Anniversary of the TV shows premiere.
The Chariot is an amazing example of retro-futuristic art and sci-fi design.
See the build videos at http://www.chariot.elevatorid.com