Acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer J. Roy Hunt had to spend weeks on location shoots so in 1935, he added a bed, folding table and 110 volt generator to a Willys sedan delivery. Two years later, he bought a 1937 Ford truck chassis and, borrowing some aircraft techniques, designed a smooth fuselage body with a hatch-like flush door and a streamlined shape. A local auto-body shop did the fabrication and Hunt ended up putting the House Car into limited production, making about 50 of them over the next 10 years. Today the Hunt House Car sits in a place of honor at the RV/MH Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, considered to be the first mobile home with a working shower.
The 1937 Housecar was restored by David Woodworth of Tehachapi, California and is the centerpiece of the new RV/MH Heritage Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.