McCAHILL’S 3-IN-1 Dream Car
Have you ever said to yourself, “Boy, if this car only had a you-know-what and a gilhoolie, I sure could go for it.” Well, here’s the car.
EXACTLY five years ago the January 1949 issue of MI brought you my idea of a Dream Car. Since then, a lot of things, including the Korean War have taken place and new cars such as the V-8 Chrysler, the V-8 Studebaker, the Continental Studebaker and Mexican-type Lincolns have been built. Crosley has gone out of business, the King of England died, and Polly Adler became an author. America regained supremacy of the trans-Atlantic record with the liner United States, Jaguar automobiles won the Le Mans race twice, and King Farouk was forcibly moved across the Mediterranean.
NEW for the ROAD
SUPERCHARGER boosts hp on standard cars 40 per cent, maker claims, gives superior acceleration, speed, and up to 200 per cent more reserve hp on highway. McCulloch Motors. Los Angeles. Calif.
MECHANICAL MULE, new army carrier, weighs only 740 lbs. Design incorporates four-wheel drive and steering unit. It can be operated from positions on or off vehicle. For use by combat troops.
THRILL with Young America
CHOOSE THIS LOWER PRICED NEW DODGE WAYFARER
Dodge gives you the first new Sports Roadster… a new value-packed 2-door Sedan… a new 3-passenger Coupe… for just a few dollars more than the lowest priced cars.
You’ll have to see it to believe it! Even then, you’ll wonder how the exciting new Dodge Wayfarer can be priced so low.
This is a true Air-line Car; therefore Beautiful
Efficient streamlining is always beautiful. It is no accident that the swiftest birds are always the most graceful
PROFESSOR ALEXANDER KLEMIN
Director, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, New York City, says, “Smooth lines and improved visual appearance are associated with Hupmobile’s reduced air resistance.”
Many have talked about it.
Some have tried to achieve it. But, in the opinion of most authorities, only Hupp has built it… the true Aero-dynamic car… a car that inevitably combines rare beauty and new efficiency.
FORD Motor Company’s X-100 and Lincoln-Mercury Division’s XL-500 are examples of its engineers’ unending search for the cars of tomorrow. The X-100, a laboratory on wheels, is a five-passenger, two-door convertible with a black steel and aluminum body. Its 92 switches control 24 motors, 53 relays, 50 light bulbs, etc., including hood and trunk lifts. The transmission has an electric gear selector. The front seats feature nylon web safety belts and electric warmers. They adjust six ways—up, down, forward, backward, and tilt front and back.
The XL-500 experimental sports car has an automatic push button transmission, scarlet Fiberglas body and all-glass roof, tinted, glare-proof and heat-resistant. It seats four passengers on its leather upholstery.
Car of Parts is this home-made “Weep,” Edwarcl G. Hammond, retired Newton, Mass., lumber merchant. Utilizing spare parts from sixteen automobiles, a tractor, a mowing machine and a sailboat, Mr. Hammond’s dream chariot averages 50 miles on a gallon of gas and has a top speed of 60 mph. The basket is for golf clubs and umbrellas.
Wind Tunnel and Model Airplane in Aviation School
A NEW instruction device has been installed for student airplane pilots by Professor Roland Spaulding, aeronautics expert at New York University who is shown above giving members of the first women’s aviation school a few pointers on flying. One of the girl pupils sits in the chair “cockpit” and works the controls which in turn manipulate the model Curtiss Robin plane. The plane is in front of a wind tunnel and responds to the air currents just as a full-sized plane would respond up among actual currents of air
Electronic Highway of the Future
Some day in the future when you drive onto a superhighway, you’ll reach over to your dashboard and push the button marked “Electronic Drive.” Selecting your lane, you’ll settle back to enjoy the ride as your car adjusts itself to the prescribed speed. You may prefer to read or carry on a conversation with your passengers—or even to catch up on your office work. It makes no difference for the next several hundred miles as far as the driving is concerned.
Fantastic? Not at all. The first long step toward this automatic highway of the future was successfully illustrated recently by the Radio Corporation of America and the State of Nebraska on a 400-foot strip of public highway just outside Lincoln, Neb.
Tom McCahill Looks Over The 1956 Cars
MI’s famed car critic presents a preview of the first batch of new cars released for publication. Don’t miss the December Ml for a look at more makes and models.
FROM the glamorized Plymouth right on up to the Imperial, the 1955 Chrysler line was entirely different. The overall change was miraculous. Chryslers have always been good cars but many a moon had slipped over the mountain since they could be considered great. The 1955 offerings were close to great. In every division they had the hottest offerings in two decades and they could have stood pat with these until well into 1956. However, getting the taste of blood for the first time in years, the young, new Chrysler quarterbacks elected to stop right in the middle of success and whip out a brand-new line for ’56, long before the football season had progressed to maturity. Let’s take a look at them: