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Liborio Rivas: New Mexican Automotive Inventor

Posted June 06, 2011 10:55 AM by dstrohl

Recently, we came across another eight-wheeled vehicle that we knew little about. What we did discover, however, is that Liborio E. Rivas of Santa Rita, New Mexico dreamed up this eight-wheeled automobile in the early 1920s and patented it in April 1925 (U.S. Patent 1,534,810).

Rivas' goal for his eight-wheeler was not to distribute weight among another two axles and four wheels or to provide for a better ride, as is the case with most eight-wheeled contraptions, but to make stopping for flat tires a thing of the past. Thus, Rivas's plan was to not only add the extra axles and wheels, but to also install a device that allowed any one wheel with a blown tire to be raised, allowing the automobile to continue on its merry way without the nuisance of a flat tire.

Unfortunately, we know little else about Liborio Rivas. The only other patent of his that we see is for a key holder (U.S. Patent 1,718,433), and his name doesn't appear to be referenced elsewhere. As for the eight-wheeler itself, it appears never to have gotten off the drawing board: The only New Mexican automobile company we see a listing for is the Cannon Ball of Texico, which never entered production.

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06/06/2011 10:17 PM

It would be difficult to create a steering geometry for this that would prevent sideways scuffing of the tires during turns.

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06/07/2011 12:02 AM

Difficult Yes, But not impossible - plenty of twin steer trucks out there.

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06/14/2011 3:42 PM

Just remember the 6 wheel formula 1 cars of the 1980s. Four in front steering and 2 in back driving, it would not be that much more to add 2 in the rear and steer them too. They worked well enough to be somewhat competitive.

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06/14/2011 7:46 PM

forgot about those (race cars). If memory serves me correct I remember reading about other twin steer vehicles - military apps - in the late 70's - but from what I've seen they didn't get a guernsey, probably something to do with ease of repair and etc.

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06/07/2011 5:46 AM

He probably owned stock in a tire manufacturing company!

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