NEW RENAULT FLORIDE
ONE of the stars of the recent Paris auto show was the Renault Floride, a new model from the makers of the famous Dauphine. With racy, Ghia-styled lines, the Floride will be available in convertible, hardtop and cabriolet with removable hardtop. The chassis is reported to be stock Dauphine. The Floride is expected to be on sale in the U. S. in June. The price will be $2,300.
It’s almost impossible not to read that headline wrong…
Bob GILL of Portland, Oregon, ran afoul of the law a few years ago. A cop picked him up for throwing a lighted cigarette butt out of his car window, a deed which is criminal in that forest-fire ridden state. “What do you usually do with your butts?” the cop asked. “Step on ‘em,” Gill replied. “Let’s see you step on that last one,” the cop retaliated.
This episode gave Gill an idea. Why not make an automatic butt-snuffing ashtray? He did and it has won Mi’s $50 gadget award. You’ll see it on the market soon, helping us to keep our forests green.
$17,500 Sports Car
Le GRAND SPORT (The Big Sport) is I the name for the lush, cream-blue-and-chrome sports car on Mi’s cover. Louis Ritter, New York furrier and hotelman, bought the 170-hp French Talbot chassis for $4500, paid $13,000 more to have the super-streamlined steel body built by hand in Paris by the celebrated designer Saoutchik. Luxuriously soft inner-spring upholstery, interlined convertible top, special push-button doors, leather-padded steering wheel and instrument panel, all helped up the car’s cost. But despite its high price and high-speed (115 mph) performance, the Talbot yields 18 miles per gallon under ordinary driving conditions. Comfortable, too, says MI Editor Bill Parker, above.
NEW for CHRISTMAS
FOR THE HOME
PLASTIC SHADES of Vinylite adhere directly to glass without adhesive, can be peeled oil easily. Transeal, North Ave., Plainfield, N. J.
REFRIGARRANGERS are light, durable easy-to-clean containers of Bakelite styrene for leftover foods. Valley Forge Creations. Malvern. Pa.
PANCAKE TURNER-GREASER carries a replaceable absorbent pad to grease the pan. Without pad, holes drain grease. Paul Laux. Shavertown. Pa.
STORM WINDOWS of plastic can be used on homes, farmbuildings. withstand all weather. Easy to install. Central States Bag Co., St. Louis, Mo.
“Comet” Plane Navigates Land and Sea But Balks at Air
IN a recent tryout of the novel type of plane shown at the left, which its inventors, Wendel Wobido and Stephen Nagel, of Berlin, call the “Comet” plane, and which was designed to navigate air, land and sea, navigated land and sea all right, but when it came to going up into the air the darned thing balked and refused to depart from safe old Terra Firma, or rather, in this case, since they tried to take off from the water, good old aqua firma.
TOWER OF REVOLVING FLOORS FOR PARKING AUTOMOBILES
As a solution to the automobile parking problem, an Ohio inventor offers a circular steel garage “tower,” consisting of a number of revolving stories arranged one above the other and each affording space for several cars, which are to be raised to position by an outside elevator. He estimates that a structure of this type with twenty floors, thirty-six feet in diameter, would hold two hundred automobiles and might provide additional facilities for radio stations, an observation or amusement center, or possibly a landing place for aircraft or an anchor post for dirigibles.
New Auto Developments
A NEW type of drive for vehicles is announced by a western company, which obtains a lower suspension for the body (12″ above ground) by applying the electric motor’s pinion to the top of the wheel, inside the rim. Each wheel is sprung and geared independently; but the electric system equalizes their motion, without using the brakes, while on a descent. An eight-wheel design is planned for maximum safety.
Ferris Wheel Auto Parking
PARKING is the great problem of modern American life, at least in cities and wherever there are great numbers of people. The very term, derived from military language (the “park of artillery”) has come to have a thousand applications. At the present time, a considerable number of potential car owners are deterred from purchase by the apparently unanswerable problem of parking their machines when at work or shopping, etc.
If only modern exhaust pipes looked like this… Pimped out cars could have spinning ones that look like Gatling guns or the pipes could all move in and out in a pattern.
Device Makes Automobile Exhaust Gases Harmless
EASILY attached to the exhaust of an automobile, a patented exhaust oxidizing receiver device (above) is said to cause a dissolution of the carbon monoxide gases, reducing them to an absolute minimum so that they are harmless to human beings. During tests of the device, a live animal was subjected to the exhaust fumes of a running auto equipped with the receiver for a period of 60 minutes and blood tests of the animal failed to reveal any ill effects. It is believed that use of the device would eliminate the numerous cases of headaches, illness and deaths which are attributed to breathing carbon monoxide while motoring in heavy traffic or when warming up an auto engine in a closed garage.
Car Exhaust Operates Upholstery Cleaner
BY THE use of a new auto upholstery cleaner the inside of your auto can be] kept as spick and span as your living room. This new invention known as the “Motor-Vac” cleaner resembles the standard household implement, having similar hose and nozzle, but power is taken from the motor exhaust.
No bag is used, the debris being discharged from the engine exhaust, which also creates the suction to draw the dirt out of the fabric.