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Lots of Wheels With VW Push (Dec, 1961)

Lots of Wheels With VW Push

WITH 16 of its 20 wheels powered, the 2200-lb. Nobel-Amphibil travels quickly over ditches, rocks, mud, snow, or ice— through clinging undergrowth, swamps, and swift streams, according to York Nobel Group, Ltd., London, which holds world production and sales rights.

The twin front wheels on each side are un-powered; they absorb road shocks and help guide the vehicle on steep slopes. The prototype Amphibil shown here, during tests in Norway, averaged close to 40 mpg. It’s driven by an air-cooled Volkswagen engine at up to 40 mph. The one-piece fiber glass body will hold six passengers or four passengers and about 440 lbs. of luggage. Wholesale factory price is expected to be $2,250.

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100 Million Road Maps Can’t Be Wrong (Nov, 1950)

The original OCR transcript of the first sentence read:
IN Vancouver, Washington, a quavering feminine voice inquired over the telephone if the tourist bureau of a large oil company provided a sex-vice for absolutely any emergency. “Yes,” replied the unsuspecting clerk.

100 Million Road Maps Can’t Be Wrong

By Irv Leiberman

IN Vancouver, Washington, a quavering feminine voice inquired over the telephone if the tourist bureau of a large oil company provided a service for absolutely any emergency. “Yes,” replied the unsuspecting clerk.

“Well, I’m parked right around the corner from your office,” the woman said, “and there’s a mouse in the driver’s seat. And I won’t leave for New York until he goes away!”

Although this is not a typical question, routers in tourist services frequently are confronted with such out-of-the-ordinary requests. This is in addition to thousands of demands for regular travel information which pour in to them through the mails. And they distribute more than 100 million road maps to Americans on the go.

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IT’S NEW! (Oct, 1956)

That swamp wagon is pretty damn bad-ass.

IT’S NEW!

SWAMP WAGON’S nine-ft. tall rear wheels have hickory treads steel-clamped to 28 in. rims weighing 700 lbs. Vehicle is designed to clamber over Florida’s soft muck bogs.

TOTCYCLIST Brad Bradley drives cut-down 125 cc Harley Davidson like a pro. Five-year-old was taught to ride 50-mph machine by his Dad. Brad began career at 18 months.

MANY-LENSED Italian Summa camera has revolving turret housing regular lens, wide angle lens and two for direct sighting. It also has hand grips and flash attachments.

NO FANCY PANTS, Solly Davis holds Geiger counter inside Goodyear’s new one-piece vinyl film anti-radiation suit Inflated by compressed air, suit is air-conditioned.

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ONE-WHEEL TRUCK (Feb, 1959)

ONE-WHEEL TRUCK
TRAILMOBILE, Inc., the nation’s second largest trailer builders, recently found plans of what may have been the granddaddy of all trailer-tractors—the “motor wheel” shown in the accompanying pictures. Manufactured more than 60 years ago by an outfit bravely styled the International Motor Wheel Co., it was invented by one J.W. Walters.

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New American Sports Car (Nov, 1955)

New American Sports Car

The Firebomb, a sleek four-passenger sports car, is now being produced by Detroit’s Dual-Motors Corporation.

A UNIQUE four-passenger sports car dubbed the Firebomb and ranging in price from $5,500 to $6,000 is now being produced in limited numbers by Detroit’s Dual-Motors Corp. The jaunty Firebomb has a 115-inch wheelbase and is powered by a modified Dodge Super Red Ram V8 engine with automatic transmission and power brakes. Its production body, designed by Carrozzeria Ghia, is assembled in Italy.

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Aluminum Car Weighs Only 800 lb. (Oct, 1946)

Aluminum Car Weighs Only 800 lb.

WITH a total weight of only 800 lb., this new European light car boasts a cast aluminum body, top speed of 60 m.p.h., and high fuel economy—65 miles per gal. The French “Gregoire,” named after its designer, Jean Gregoire, has a convertible top, front-wheel drive, and is powered by an air-cooled, horizontal opposed two-cylinder engine.

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Advertising Invades Taxicabs (Mar, 1932)

Advertising Invades Taxicabs

ADVERTISING has now invaded the taxicab in the form of a panel which fits above the partition between driver’s seat and the passenger’s compartment.

Thus located, the ad cards, which are fitted in separate divisions and separated from each other by means of wood partitions, cannot fail to get undivided attention during long tedious taxi rides.

Above each card there is a miniature panel bulb, with a reflector running the entire length of the display. The lights are connected with the meter, so that when the meter flag is pulled the lights switch on automatically.

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Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive (Dec, 1936)

Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive

A NEW style in portable “hoosegows” was set by an Oklahoma police official when he built a steel cage on the back of his passenger auto. The “jail” was used to bring back a fugitive who had escaped from the McAlester, Okla., prison. He had been recaptured by Pittsburgh, Pa., police.

Alex Watson, transfer agent of the prison, drove 1,000 miles to bring back the prisoner. The “jail” was made by ripping off the lid of the luggage compartment of a regular coupe automobile and screwing down an sill-welded steel cage. An awning protected the prisoner from the sun, and a cushion provided the interior “comforts” of the jail. The prisoner was released from the cage for brief exercise periods throughout the trip.

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Meet The New MG (Nov, 1955)

Meet The New MG

Completely remodeled, the new MG can now top 90 miles an hour!

By Gordon Wilkins

MG-TF with sweeping fenders, angular outline, is one of most popular sports cars.

WHEN the last MG-TF rolled off the production line in the early summer of this year, an era ended in sports car design. The stark angular outline, the long sweeping fenders, the slab-sided gas tank and the spare wheel hung on the back, had their origins in sports cars which made history at Le Mans back in the ’20s. It was a formula which produced a long line of durable, inexpensive sports models and spread an appreciation of sports car motoring into areas where people had long forgotten that cars could be fun to drive. But rising performance standards brought the MG hard up against the laws of aerodynamics and above 85 mph increases in power brought negligible returns.

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NEW for the ROAD (Jul, 1952)

NEW for the ROAD

Bump-Air invented by Jeff Corydon of Hush Bumpers, Chicago, extends beyond regular guards and takes the shock of minor collisions. It is installed by drilling new holes or by replacing the old metal guards. Made of inflated Plastisol or rubber.

Caddy Pickup Truck carries motorcycles to race tracks. It is made on a 1949 Cadillac chassis and will take three cycles which are anchored in wells in floor. Windows in the rear corners of cab are Plexiglas. It is painted bright red. cost $5,000.

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