MI PIN-UP CAR – 1906 AUTOCAR
Owner: Herbert Royston, W. Los Angeles, Calif. Engine: 2-cylinders, opposed, 12hp. Progressive transmission, three speeds forward, reverse. Wheelbase: 70 in. Hickory frame, wood body. Cost $1,000 new.
Puppet Show Teaches Traffic Laws
THE ancient art of puppetry has been enlisted by the Bureau of Public Safety of Detroit, Mich., in a novel campaign to cut the accident toll of modern traffic. A play—”Stop, Look and Listen”— enacted by marionettes, is being shown at all of the city’s schools in an effort to impress children with safety rules. The cast of marionettes features a policeman, a teacher, children, stop lights, and traffic in the form of model automobiles, which are actuated by motor-driven belts.
It’s interesting how much more reliable cars have gotten since this time. The fact that a company would advertise the fact they had a 12 year 12,000 mile warranty is kind of sad. And this is AMC, not company that was particularly famous for reliability. Current warranty terms from auto-makers implies abit more confidence in their products.
Six serious reasons for owning a fun-to-drive AMC Gremlin X.
1. Good performance and fuel economy is provided by the peppy 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed gear box. EPA estimated mileage ratings: 35 highway; 22 city; 27 combined.*
2. Sporty Levi’s® fabric bucket seats.
3. Extra width to give you plenty of road-hugging stability plus interior room and comfort.
Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing
By RAY F. KUNS, Automotive Engineer
This article is one of a series on vocational subjects, showing the opportunities offered young men in various professions. Each month an expert in his line will outline for readers of Modern Mechanics the advantages of his particular vocation as a life-time work.
At first glance, this doesn’t really look like an ad for radiator fluid.
This liquid quickly searches out and permanently mends all leaks in auto cooling systems. Kept in the water, it will prevent leaks as soon as they appear. Alcohol in the water does not affect it.
A ROAD TO MATCH TODAY’S CAR
EMBODYING the most modern principles of express highway design, the 160-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike connecting Pittsburgh and Harrisburg offers the motorist a route from the eastern seaboard to the west that is free from crossroads, stoplights and steep grades. As a consequence, it is America’s first highway on which full performance of today’s automobiles can be realized.
No Gear Shifting in This Car
AN automobile which has no clutch pedal and no gears to shift has been built for Col. Edward Green, wealthy son of the late Hetty Green. The novel control system of the car is made possible by substituting a generator and an electric motor in place of the usual transmission.
Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver
PRONOUNCED by Harry A. Miller, world-renowned designer of racing automobiles, as the most perfect model in the world, the eighth-scale reproduction of the newest type racing car, shown in the photo at the left, has every working part of a full-size automobile duplicated in miniature.
PIN-UP CAR: 1910 MAXWELL-BRISCOE RUNABOUT
Owner: Leslie R. Henry of Havertown, Penna. Original price without top, windshield and headlamps: $550. Engine: two horizontal-opposed cylinders, 10 horsepower, 4×4-inch bore and stroke, two-speed planetary transmission hand operated. Top speed: 26 miles per hour. Color: red enamel with black japanned fenders. Car was discovered in northern Pennsylvania, had been caught in Johnstown flood of 1936, was taken apart bolt by bolt and completely restored by owner.
MI Tests the ’54 Cadillac
Uncle Tom takes a gander at America’s favorite prestige automobile and discovers that for real economy, believe it or not, Cadillac is tops.
By Tom McCahill
“Gee Dad, look at the new Wurlitzer console organ, de luxe style!”
“No, Son, that’s one of them sightseeing trains.”
Obviously they are both wrong: the object they are looking at is a new Cadillac. For though the 1954 Caddie was not designed to look like a B-36 in flight, that long tail makes it possible to back over a guy for twenty minutes before the wheels touch him.