MI Tests the VW Station Wagon
Call it a Kombi, a van or a bus, it’s actually the greatest thing of its kind, says Uncle Tom.
By Tom McCahill
THE greatest in the world would be one way of describing the Volkswagen station wagon—if there was anything around to compare it with. Actually, it’s strictly a one-of-a-kind deal, like striped hair or a six-legged horse. It is the only station wagon I have ever seen that has enough up-and-down room and forward-and-aft space to take the station with you —if you want to.
Automobile Vanity Case is the Latest Novelty
AUTOMOBILES have become so important a part of daily life that they are now made in the form of vanity cases for women, as pictured in the photo at the left. The automobile vanity case is hinged on the bottom and opens like an ordinary handbag, containing compartments inside for powder puff and various accessories favored by the up-to-date woman. Leather is used in making the handbag. The door of the auto contains a compartment in which small change is kept.
MERCEDES-BENZ AIR BRAKE
IN this year’s 24-hour Grand Prix at Le Mans, France, the West German Mercedes-Benz racing team demonstrated a sensational new braking device which, operating like an airplane’s landing flaps, helped slow the cars down from 150 mph to safe cornering speeds in a matter of seconds. The gadget, subject of much stormy discussion, supplemented the cars’ regular pedal-operated brakes, thus reducing dangerous “fade” caused by overheating.
Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film
Mounted on the dashboard of his patrol car, with its lens pointing forward through the windshield, a motion-picture camera belonging to Officer R. H. Galbraith of the California Highway Patrol takes photographs of the automobiles he trails along the highways, making a permanent film record of any traffic violations for possible later use in court.
make your own TURNING SIGNALS
Here are some money-saving suggestions that will make for safer driving and greater relaxation on the road.
THE weather is wet and windy as you are driving along a busy road. You come to an intersection where you have to make a right turn. If you crank open the window to stick your arm out you’ll let in a blast of uncomfortable air; if you don’t, you’ll risk trouble with drivers behind and ahead of you and with pedestrians at the curb. What’s the choice?
Latest Developments in Automotive Field
Above is shown a new type auto wheel fitted with curved, spring-steel spokes, which is designed to cushion the unsprung weight of the car. Broken spokes may be replaced without removing the wheel.
Leo Bazin, of Paris, France, standing beside the new car which he designed. This car boasts of a body which can be opened by means of hinges to facilitate repairs of the chassis and transmission. At the left is a detail of the new English Daimler which embodies the liquid clutch and self-changing gear shift.
Traveling Electric Light Plant Aids San Francisco Fire-Fighters
GENERATING a 10-kilowatt electric current, this traveling electric light plant shown below is the latest aid to San Francisco firemen. It provides enough current to efficiently operate five 1,000 watt searchlights, mounted on top of the truck. They can be turned in any direction and are of valuable use in night fires breaking out in tall buildings.
This reminds me of the segment Top Gear where they profile the Reliant Robin. If you’ve never seen it I suggest you go watch it now. It is hilarious.
LAMBRETTA Surrey with a Ghia-made body is the latest vehicle from the Italian scooter maker. The three-wheel vehicle seats two passengers comfortably on a wide rear seat. The Surrey has a one-cylinder, 150cc two-cycle engine with a top speed of 45 mph. It travels about 75 miles on a gallon of gas. The Surrey will retail in the U.S. for under $1,300 and is designed for resorts, golf clubs, amusement areas and other places where economical short-haul transportation is desired.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone put a car radio in that location.
Buttons Tune Low-Cost Car Radio
Push-button tuning, the modern safety feature that enables car drivers to adjust their radios without taking their eyes from the road, has now been built into an inexpensive, easily installed set. Pushing any one of five buttons on an instrument-board panel instantaneously tunes the self-contained receiver to a corresponding station.
That picture makes me really want to try to pull on that bumper so I can insert a giant SIM card.
Designed with passengers’ safety in mind
By December, this model of the Fairchild Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESV) above should be a reality, and in the hands of the Department of Transportation for evaluation. Among the safety features designed into it are: a wide, over-the-roof rear-view periscope; aerospace structural roll cage; hydraulic shock-absorber front bumper; torsion-hinge rear bumper; airbags; and padded interior. Fairchild is competing with AMF for a contract to build 12 test ESVs.