Goitrude the taxi cab was built in 1911, originally as a different model. It has passed from owner to owner, being an army transport during World War I, and eventually ending up in a sale of used cars. Doiby, who was a transport driver during the war, recognized it and bought it.
When Doiby married Princess Ramia from Planet Myrg , Goitrude was left at Hal Jordan's garage. When Alan Scott later came for Goitrude, to bring to Doiby to commemorate the first year anniversary of his marriage with Princess Ramia, both Green Lanterns realized that the car was stolen. The thief was Sinestro! They defeated Sinestro, but sadly, Goitrude was destroyed. Goitrude was later repaired and converted into a space taxi.
- Goitrude was unnamed in its early appearances. Doiby mentions that the taxi was named Esmeralda in an early story. It is first referred as Goitrude in All-American Comics #49.
- Goitrude is the phonetic spelling of Gertrude by way of Doiby's Brooklyn accent, much like his nickname (Doiby=Derby, his bowler hat); Doiby was famous for his thick accent.
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