The first flying car was based on the Ford Pinto, and killed its inventorEsther Inglis-Arkell2/27/12 5:30pmFiled to: secret historyFlying CarsEngineeringCars65EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf you're one of those people who's always wondering why the flying car hasn't been invented yet, you're too late. The first flying car was already created back in the 1970s — but don't get too excited. It was literally a huge disaster. Over the last year, scientists have been trying to perfect a real flying car — which is for the best, since an imperfect car has caused a lot of trouble in the past. Henry Smolinski was the inventor of the first flying car — and it killed him. But it was a beautiful dream while it lasted.