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THE ’56 DODGE (Dec, 1955)

Screw the iPhone. I’m getting a record player for my car.

THE ’56 DODGE

Featuring a unique pushbutton transmission, the new Dodge will be hard to beat in the medium-priced field, reports Uncle Thomas.

By Tom McCahill

THE fan-out of the rear fender line is the big styling change for the 1956 Dodge. Oddly enough, this looks much better in person than in photographs. The hood has been drooped slightly at the nose, a new ornament has been slapped on, and under the hood there is a much larger ram than for ’55.

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Is Your Mascot Missing? (Dec, 1955)

Is Your Mascot Missing?

The passion for authenticity among classic car owners means money in the bank to Clairmonte.

Don Clairmonte of New York City’s Greenwich Village is a one-time car salesman who turned sculptor. One of his specialties is restoring, reproducing and creating mascots to ride up front on rejuvenated classics and custom jobs. His copies are chrome or nickel-plated bronze castings, and there’s no way of telling them from the real McCoy.

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Cadillac V-8 (Feb, 1931)

Cadillac V-8

Sharing in the fullest measure those basic engineering advancements out of which were born the Cadillac V-12 and the V-16—the new Cadillac V-8 offers an entirely new conception of the possibilities of eight-cylinder design. Nowhere is its performance excelled, save in its brothers, the V-12 and the V-16. Yet this finest of V-8 Cadillacs is offered at deeply lowered prices.

Priced from $2695 to $3795, f. o. b. Detroit

Cadillac Motor Car Co., Division of General Motors

The 5-passenger Town Sedan, with travel trunk, is one of the most popular of the new V-8 models.
Coachwork by Fisher and Fleetwood

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Hotel-On-Wheels Provides Solid Comfort Along the Road (May, 1930)

Hotel-On-Wheels Provides Solid Comfort Along the Road

THE luxurious expanding caravan car attached to the sedan is one of the many innovations now being seen at the automobile shows throughout the country. The “companion” car is equipped with a number of downy berths, running water, electric lights and practically every other feature or service to be found in an up-to-date hotel.

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Now We Have the Baby Truck (May, 1930)

Now We Have the Baby Truck

RUBBER aviator cord adapted for automobile work by the J. V. Martin patents provides suspension for the new baby truck of the Martin corporation. The suspension is guaranteed for 25,000 miles and can be entirely replaced in a few minutes at a cost of 80 cents according to the makers. The truck has been designed by men who believe the old statement: “The next great fortune in the auto- mobile business will be made by the man who produces the best new type of small car.”

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Armored Pushmobile Guards Caddies From Golf Balls (May, 1930)

Armored Pushmobile Guards Caddies From Golf Balls

AT a practice golf course in Detroit, time and revenue was formerly lost while an army of caddies swarmed on the field to retrieve the balls. Now caddies harvest the balls during the play, being protected against the barrage of driving shots by a chicken-wire enclosure mounted on three wheels.

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The Car-Boat That Flies (Jun, 1956)

Aeromarine sounds like a color and that’s a pretty weak name for something that looks like it should be flown by G.I. Joe. I suppose this is reasonable considering that the inventor’s name is Skeets, but I think we can do better.

Maybe something more muscular, like “Car-BO-Plane” (over-hyphenation and making one word ALL CAPS was very popular in these mags). Or maybe something personal like “The Skeeter” or “Skeetsmobile”.

What do you think?

The Car-Boat That Flies

Skeets Coleman’s three-way gadabout will be a performing fool and as easy to pilot as a ’56 car.

THE GREAT advances in aircraft design of the past 15 years have had little effect on the looks or performance of the small private planes now being built; you could have landed any of them at a small airport in the mid-30’s without scaring anybody. But with Skeets Coleman’s Aeromarine design the field of private plane building may begin to catch up with the times.

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Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas (Jul, 1929)

Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas

THIS youngster, shown in the photo below, is the envy of all the children in her neighborhood. Her ‘”private car” run? from its own power and is easily operated. It was built by her father and is capable of going 30 miles an hour. She gets about 90 miles on a gallon of gas.

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Causes of Accidents (Jun, 1935)

Interestingly this is about the same number of auto fatalities that the U.S. had in 2009 even though I’m sure the number of miles driven was vastly higher.

Causes of Accidents

IN the World War, the armed forces of the United States, which were actively engaged little more than a year, lost 53,381 men. That was war; in the peaceful year 1934 the United States lost 36,000 men, women and children, killed in automobile accidents. The accompanying illustration shows the facts diagrammatically.

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DATSUN BLUEBIRD (Jul, 1960)

DATSUN BLUEBIRD is small Japanese car recently introduced to U. S. It sports a four-cylinder, overhead valve engine which puts out 48 hp. Top speed is 77 mph. Weight is 1,916 pounds. Car is said to get 38 mpg. It rides on 5.60×13 tires, seats four or five passengers. The Nissan Motor Car Co., Tokyo, Japan, makes the vehicle. Price is $1,616.

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