In 1961 Art Center Industrial Design students worked on a project that was prepared for members of the Industrial Design Society of America to be shown at a national convention on Catalina Island. Students designed, built, and then demonstrated for the members five motorized water vehicles. 1) A circular plastic surfboat with a motor in the center, capable of carrying eight people. 2) A motorized water sled with the props above the water. 3) A rescue apparatus for lifeguards. 4) A paddle wheel boat for a child. 5) A 2-passenger 4-wheel drive amphibious jeep.
Below are five images of the saucer vehicle from design and construction to the finished vehicle: