1942 Vanguard Special Rocket
Produced by the Great Lakes Tractor Co., the Vanguard Special Rocket was a speedster
designed for “private property use.” It was available in kit form or as a complete car,
which early ads claimed could comfortably seat two. The vehicles were named after
the Vanguard rocket, which was developed in part to launch America’s first satellite into
orbit. Later cars were called simply Vanguards or Vanguard Midgets.
Courtesy of Jay and Brenda Perkins