Does anyone know when they first started producing steering column fans for cars?
Hi Richard, I have never read a patent date or production date on a fan.
I have seen both electric and vacuum powered fans..
They might be a useful item for driving a car in cold weather, since there is no heater or defroster vents in a ’29 Pierce Arrow.. An aftermarket heater can be installed, but there is zero room for any defroster vents at the base of the windshield in a Touring car.
Personally, there really is not enough room for any additional accessories in the 1929 cockpit. I don’t even like the spotlight handle, but at least it’s sort of up and out of the way on the left..
I cannot visualize where a fan would fit and not be in the way of the driver or passenger.
The fan is about 5 inches wide. It attaches to the steering column. They are vacume powered. The problem I would have is the radio controls are also steering column mounted.