Full record for hovercar n.

Definition a car that utilizes an air-cushion as a means of support
OED requirements antedating 1959
Earliest cite in The Progress
Comment Roberto Labanti submitted cites from two newspaper reports: a July 30 1959 cite from "The Salisbury Times" [Salisbury, MD], and a September 17, 1959 cite from "The Progress" [PA]

Earliest cite in the OED database: 1961

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for hovercar n.

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1959 Salisbury Times July 30 9/4 (image caption) Hovercar, shown in artist's conception, is one possible development of revolutionary lift and propulsion principle.
1959 Progress Sept. 17 2/4 An air-borne vehicle called the ‘Hovercar’ is being produced commercially by Saunders-Roe Ltd., British aircraft manufacturer.
1986 B. Sterling & L. Shiner Mozart in Mirrorshades in B. Sterling Mirrorshades (1986) 233 Rice's hovercar huffed along at a steady 80 mph.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! iii.35 Beyond them were two private hover-cars.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper iii. ii. 31 High overhead, a hovercar skimmed the tops of the buildings, twisting in the bright sunlight.