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“Make it beautiful, craft it lovingly, and offer a variety of styles. People will love it.” (Jul, 1976)

I’m pretty sure this is the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle from Stripes. I wonder if flame throwers come standard.

“Make it beautiful, craft it lovingly, and offer a variety of styles. People will love it.”

A simple philosophy. But most effective.

With it, we’ve made the GMC MotorHome something that captures the imagination.

We made it sleek. We made it low. We made it so it would slip through the air easily and handle responsively. We gave it front wheel drive. And tandem rear wheels. And air suspension.

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Mechanical Flying GOOSE Decorates Radiator Cap (Sep, 1931)

Mechanical Flying GOOSE Decorates Radiator Cap

For novelty in radiator ornaments, you’ll have to go a long way to beat this mechanical flying goose. As you speed along in your car, an ingenious arrangement of mechanism in the bird causes it to straighten out and flap its wings to simulate a real live goose in flight.

WHILE your car is standing still this wild goose isn’t so wild. He perches sedately upon the radiator cap surveying the world with a glassy eye. But as soon as you start up and shift into high he flattens out his tail, stretches his neck forward and begins to flap his wings as if he were going somewhere, and going there in a hurry.

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Unique Portable Bed Rolls Back Into Automobile Trunk (Jan, 1930)

Unique Portable Bed Rolls Back Into Automobile Trunk

THE latest in compact camping equipment for the touring motorist is a steel trunk which can be carried on the side or back of any automobile and opened at camp to divulge a rolled up bed, spring and braces. It weighs 100 pounds and carries a mattress, four blankets, two pillows and spring. The bed can be made up for use in three minutes according to G. A. Mayer, the California inventor. All of the frame parts are of the knock down variety and stow in the bottom of the trunk while the spring, mattress and bedding are rolled back into the trunk. The roller is operated with a detachable crank.

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STREET SCENE, TOKYO STYLE (Jul, 1962)

STREET SCENE, TOKYO STYLE

By Elliot H. McCleary

TRAFFIC IN TOKYO, the world’s largest city (population: 10 million), is, to put it mildly, dense, wild, fast, and furious.

The very diversity of vehicles, as well as their number, is startling. There are automobiles of varying shapes and sizes— Japanese, French, German, an occasional, looming Chevy or Plymouth.

Coveys of goggled motorcyclists thunder their motors at intersections, roar away in blue smoke when the light changes. There are three-wheeled trucks guided inside by handle bars.

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CHILD SAVER (Jul, 1962)

CHILD SAVER
SEAT BELTS, if used in every car, could save at least 5,000 lives a year … reduce injuries by one-third, according to the National Safety Council. Many of those saved from injury or death would be youngsters—for drivers kill and cripple more children than any disease. Protect your children . . . drive with loving care. Give them the security of seat belts.
Published as a public service in cooperation with The Advertising Council

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YOUR VICTORY CAR (Dec, 1942)

YOUR VICTORY CAR

By Brooks Stevens – Industrial Designer

THE American civilian is recovering gradually from the shock of his country’s complete entry into the greatest war in history and its necessary sacrifices. Production of passenger cars ceased months ago, and the public is getting used to the idea that the family auto must last for the duration, possibly longer.

It is not premature to talk of the postwar possibilities in this field of manufacture, for certainly it is one of the country’s largest, and one upon which the people are definitely dependent.

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Guide track speeds buses in city traffic (Feb, 1980)

Guide track speeds buses in city traffic

By DAVID SCOTT

Track-guided city buses combining the advantages of road and rail transport could help lick urban traffic problems. That’s the idea of Mercedes-Benz in Germany. The company has devised a remarkably simple automatic steering system for this dual-mode operation. Track guidance could segregate buses from other vehicles at traffic bottleneck points, where they’d speed along unhindered on special roadways at ground level, or over or under streets.

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Honey in Water Is a New Efficient Anti-freeze Solution (Jan, 1930)

Honey in Water Is a New Efficient Anti-freeze Solution

A STRAY honeybee in your motor car may provoke an accident but strained honey in your radiator as an efficient antifreeze agency when winter comes, engenders driving satisfaction. Science has determined that honey not only is a preventive of freezing but it also has ascertained that this sweet possesses the antipodal ability to restrict boiling.

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Collapsible “Home” Carried On Roof Of Automobile (Nov, 1938)

Collapsible “Home” Carried On Roof Of Automobile

FEATURING six windows fitted with slid-glass and permanent screens, a newly developed prefabricated collapsible house which can be carried on the roof of an ordinary passenger auto enables sportsmen, fishermen and others who like the outdoors to enjoy short or prolonged trips in perfect comfort.

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The Same Good Car Through Many Seasons (Oct, 1930)

The Same Good Car Through Many Seasons

AT THIS SEASON of the year, as autumn prepares to bid adieu, it is good to know that the new Ford is fully prepared to meet the sterner needs of winter driving.

Cold weather emphasizes the value of its simplicity of design and its trustworthy performance under all conditions. There is an enduring quality, too, in its exterior finish.

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