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German “Midget” Car Can Be Taken Apart in 20 Minutes (Feb, 1930)

German “Midget” Car Can Be Taken Apart in 20 Minutes

THE well known German engineer Zaschka has invented a new “midget” automobile which is designed for speedy dismantling for storage purposes. The car can be “knocked down” within 20 minutes into three main sections which eliminates the necessity of a garage for storage. The sections can be stowed away in hallways or basements. The “come-apart” car is a three wheeler which is priced at but $300; It is capable of a speed of from 25 to 30 miles an hour.

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Novel Limousine-train Resembling Locomotive Travels the Highways (Feb, 1930)

Novel Limousine-train Resembling Locomotive Travels the Highways

A THEATER corporation has placed on the highways a “trackless locomotive,” which is also called a limousine train. The car is equipped with radio receiving sets and microphone for speaking. It was especially designed and built at a cost of $25,000. It has a special four-speed transmission, a special clutch and a straight-eight motor.

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How Good a Driver are YOU? (Oct, 1932)

How Good a Driver are YOU?

By Charles S. Slocombe

Safety Adviser, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

AMONG the things your best friends won’t tell you is what they think of the way you drive a car. They may feel free to question your taste in clothes, advise you how to run your business or your household, and offer suggestions as to your golf swing. But they know better than to criticize your technic at the wheel. You would resent it. They would resent similar criticism from you. For automobile driving is a peculiarly cherished accomplishment. No driver of any experience likes to admit that he or she is not an expert, or that his or her driving might be improved.

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Introducing Audi. (Mar, 1970)

Did 800 numbers not work in Iowa?

Introducing Audi.

The revolutionary new car from Germany that moves, stops, turns, etc., differently from every car on the opposite page.

Almost every car in the world moves by means of the rear wheels pushing it.

The Audi moves by means of the front wheels pulling it.

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Print Shop on Wheels Runs Off Race Programs at Track (Apr, 1941)

Print Shop on Wheels Runs Off Race Programs at Track

There are more ways than one to lose money at a race track, and one of them is printing too many programs—or too few. If too many are printed the left-overs are wasted; if too few, betting falls off and the track loses money. So when Barnwell Ellicott, head of the Official Program Corporation, approached New York track managers with a plan for a mobile printing press that could turn out programs at the rate of 10,000 an hour just before the gates opened, the managers jumped at the chance.

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Wireless Cigarette Lighter (Feb, 1930)

Wireless Cigarette Lighter
A NEW cigar lighter attached to the automobile dash board is pressed until a red glow appears and can then be removed.

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1927 Car Goes Streamline (Sep, 1938)

1927 Car Goes Streamline

IN KEEPING with streamline design, Bernard Pica of 470 South Street, Quincy, Mass., built an advanced streamlined body for his 1927 Chevrolet. The chassis is still “pure Chevrolet” but the body is Pica’s own adaptation of the “tear drop” styling. Made of aluminum, the body cost about $100 for materials and required four months to build.

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Probe I (Feb, 1980)

Probe I

Ford’s latest idea is Probe I— a concept car for the late 1980′s. The sleek surface and design cut air drag to 0.25— lower than any American car on the market. Projected fuel economy: 39 mpg at 55 mph. For long trips there are stereo, TV, and computer games.

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“Hit-And-Run” Victim Devises Camera Trap For Motorist (Dec, 1936)

This is the first example I’ve seen of a red-light camera.

“Hit-And-Run” Victim Devises Camera Trap For Motorists

AN AUTO-FLASH device designed to snap photos of autos that run past red lights, into safety zones, and past stop streets, has been invented by William Running, a Detroit, Mich., electrician. A personal experience as a “hit-and-run” victim caused him to design the device.

For safety zones, the machine consists of a lighted sign set in the pavement which depresses when an auto passes over it. This actuates a camera set up on the curb so that it snaps a photo of the rear license plates of the offending auto.

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Driving Mittens Glow To Aid Hand Signals (Apr, 1941)

Not *quite* as awesome as kitten mittens.

Driving Mittens Glow To Aid Hand Signals

Driving mittens with their backs chemically treated to glow in the dark have been introduced for motorists. Besides being useful for giving hand signals to following drivers, the mittens provide enough light to show up the keyhole in a car or garage door. Exposed to a strong light momentarily, they are said to show the ground for several yards around, and still give off light after two or three hours. They are available in several sizes.

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