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Ford’s out Front WITH EVERYBODY! (Oct, 1946)

Ford’s out Front WITH EVERYBODY!

“King-sized brakes”
“The liveliest performer in the low-priced field ”
“Extra large trunk… that’s no joke, son!”

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Pedestrians Lose Last Refuge (Aug, 1930)

Yup. Nailed it. (video link)

Pedestrians Lose Last Refuge

Our artist’s idea of what may happen if they start playing golf by auto.

CURTIS W. WILLOCK. of Pasadena, is inordinately fond of golf. He may never be a champion but he certainly has contributed in a large measure, to the modernization of the ancient and honorable sport. Ordered by his physician to avoid fatigue caused by the long walk around the links. Mr. Willock had a special electric car built which permits him to enjoy the game.

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1913 SMITH BUCKBOARD (May, 1956)

1913 SMITH BUCKBOARD

THIS beautifully restored A.O. Smith Buckboard, vintage 1913, was put into its excellent condition by its present owner and discoverer, John Baum of Ephrata, Pa. John found the car in a barn and traced the original owner of the vehicle when he acquired it. The car was patented in 1912 and Baum’s model is number J 46, delivered in July 1913.

Baum believes the car is the oldest and possibly the only restored and running five-wheel auto in the world. It cost its first owner $338. The vehicle weighs only 456 pounds and it is powered by a 5-horsepower, 1-cylinder engine that has a top speed of 20 miles per hour.

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FIBERGLAS SPORTS CAR (May, 1956)

That is one hell of a present for your kid, though with that giant hood it looks like the turning radius is probably similar to a real sports car.

FIBERGLAS SPORTS CAR

No youngster could ask for more than have his dad build him this rakish looking sports car.

By John Micklitsch

TO keep the cost at a minimum, about 75% of the mechanical parts used on the car were either bought at junk yards or second-hand dealers. Except for the welding of the chassis, which was a professional job, the body, transmission, steering, etc., was home-built and assembled by the designer, strictly an amateur.

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MI Tests the Morris Minor Station Wagon (Nov, 1954)

Was it a bet in the office? Did he get free drinks every time he mentioned a Chinaman in a review? This is getting so ridiculous I’ve added a McCahill Chinamen tag. Also, why would you bring an embalmed Chinaman to a firemen’s clambake?

“…the rear passenger seat unhinges and folds forward, providing enough level cargo room to haul an embalmed Chinaman and a stiff bull Elk to a firemen’s clambake.”

MI Tests the Morris Minor Station Wagon

Although it has the smallest engine of any production car built in England, this cute bucket corners like a baby Ferrari, says Tom.

By Tom McCahill

ON seeing a Morris Minor going down the road, an Irish friend of mine once said to me, “If any one ever hit me with one of them things and I found it out, I’d turn both the roller skate and the driver over me knee.”

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World’s Champion Old-Car Collector (May, 1950)

World’s Champion Old-Car Collector

LOTS of people like to save old stamps or I fill a corner cabinet with odd pipes, prize toothpicks or Easter-egg shells. But the biggest collector of them all and the world’s heavyweight champion picker-upper is Barney J. Pollard. As a prosperous Detroit dealer in building materials, he collects mountains of cinders for roadmaking. As an ardent hobbyist, he packs shed after shed chock up to the roof with stacks of priceless old autos-including practically every one of the 2000 makes turned out in this country since the first horseless buggies 50 years ago.

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IT’S NEW! (May, 1956)

Wow, Ken Garritt must have some pretty strong wrists to hold up a 160 pound bike that way. Maybe one of the dynamos powers an anti-grav unit.

IT’S NEW!

SNAZZY RUNABOUT, by sports car designer Brooks Stevens, mounts a 30-hp Evinrude Lark motor, has bucket seats and costs a mere $11,000.

FISSION FASHION. Suit designed to protect wearer from atomic fallout gets a big yak in Chicago. Fifteen-oz. silk garment is meant to be earned as emergency armor.

HOME-BUILT BIKE owned by Briton Ken Garritt weighs 160 lbs., has 24 gear ratios, three dynamos that power 17 lamps, lour direction finders and real cool twin horns.

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Conte amphibian (Mar, 1980)

Conte amphibian

Twin stern propellers, powered by individual hydrostatic motors, push this $36,000 German Conte amphibian through the water. On land, its 114- or 135-hp V6 drives the back wheels instead of a marine pump. Maker: Herzog, 6239 Kriftel, Elizabethenstrasse 3, Germany.

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France’s Answer to the Volkswagen (May, 1956)

France’s Answer to the Volkswagen

Fine roadability and more power make the new Renault a hot car.

By Gordon Wilkins
Noted British Automotive Writer

FOR some time it has been known that Renault, France’s vigorously conducted national car factory, was working on a new car to come between the miniature 45-cubic-inch 4 CV and the 2.2-litre Fregate. I knew the time for production was drawing near and one day I had a tip that if I was in Paris at a certain time, and ready to take plane for an undisclosed destination, I “might see something interesting.”

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New Road Paving Makes High Speed Safe (Sep, 1933)

Those future cars look kind of like Light Cycles from Tron.

New Road Paving Makes High Speed Safe
Superspeedways from coast to coast are visioned following the recent discovery in a Boston, Mass., pavement testing laboratory of a new type of non-skid, resilient asphalt paving. It will permit motor cars to travel at speeds up to 100 miles an hour, the laboratory’s engineers say. Walled-in traffic lanes, with block signals, would permit such speeds in safety. Hundreds of different kinds of pavement were tested, and Sir Malcolm Campbell, world’s speed king was consulted during the tests.

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