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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Skycar  
  A personal means of transportation that flies.  

As far as I know, this is the first use of this term.

“Red Hades,” murmured the doctor. “I’ve always been afraid it would happen. I must get there quickly.”

Twenty minutes later his private skycar, bearing the blazing-fire cross of the medical profession, was piercing the atmosphere at a thousand miles an hour, on its way to Los Angeles, where the mighty studios of World Teletainments, Inc., were situated.

From Prima Donna 1980, by Bernard Brown.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1931
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Another detail:

...it was well past five o’clock when Doctor Heiberg climbed into the tiny saloon of his private skycar and adjusted the pneumatic side grips.

Robert Heinlein liked this term enough that he used it in his classic 1941 novel Methuselah's Children:

Had there been a bystander, he would have been startled to observe what appeared to be a standard Camden rise up off the ground as easily as a skycar. He would not have long to wonder - the car moved out over the lake, dropped down to the water and sank beneath it. Seventeen minutes later, the car rose up to the surface of a small pool of water, a pool that occupied much of the floor of an artificial cavern.

Read more about the Camden speedster, the car referred to the above quote..

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