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A ROAD TO MATCH TODAY’S CAR (Mar, 1941)

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.

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No Gear Shifting in This Car (Jan, 1930)

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.

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Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver (May, 1932)

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.

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PIN-UP CAR: 1910 MAXWELL-BRISCOE RUNABOUT (Jul, 1952)

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.

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MI Tests the ’54 Cadillac (Aug, 1954)

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.

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Tiny ‘Goliath’, Three-Wheel Vest Pocket Car, Makes Hit (Jul, 1931)

Tiny ‘Goliath’, Three-Wheel Vest Pocket Car, Makes Hit

DAY by day, in every way, small motor cars seem to be getting smaller and smaller. The latest in the way of diminutive autos comes from Germany, and is a vest-pocket machine so small that the German government exempts it from a motor vehicle tax.

Selling for $355, the new auto is a three-wheeled affair, and is large enough to carry two large or three small passengers without uncomfortable crowding. Passengers alight directly on the curb, unassisted by the customary running board.

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THEY’RE HERE! NEW ’62 FORD TRUCKS (Oct, 1961)

THEY’RE HERE! NEW ’62 FORD TRUCKS

Get full-time economy that only starts with Ford’s low price!

Meet the trucks that make saving money a full-time business—the new ’62 Fords!

In a selection of over 600 models there’s a truck that’s right for your job, whatever your job. . . trucks that you can buy and operate at lower cost. . . trucks that can save you money mile after mile, load after load, year after year!

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TOM McCAHILL SAYS: “We Can Stop the Highway Slaughter!” (Nov, 1954)

TOM McCAHILL SAYS: “We Can Stop the Highway Slaughter!”

MI’s famed automotive authority proposes a gutsy, double-barreled safety program which would make a lot of people mad—but also save a lot of lives.

SPEED, illegal speed, is the Number One cause of highway deaths, according to the majority of the high-tinkling brass in the safety business. To this I say, “Phooey.” Speed is a cause of highway deaths—but then, so is slow-driving. As I see it, there are four primary causes of our annual roadway slaughter: obsolete highways, Stone Age police practices, bad drivers and unsafe automobiles.

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New Car Steers at Both Front and Rear (Apr, 1936)

New Car Steers at Both Front and Rear
THE new European car illustrated above, and shown in diagram at the left, is quite trim in its lines, and incorporates an interesting departure. The motor is at the rear, behind the wheels it drives; while the steering wheels are at the two ends of the machine, giving considerable leverage for rapid maneuvering. The weight is concentrated, as will be seen by the driving wheels.

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Two-Faced Mirror for Day or Night Motoring (Nov, 1936)

The more modern prismatic version is a bit handier and doesn’t involve driving around with a mirror point out the front of your car. The current auto-dimming mirrors are even better.

Two-Faced Mirror for Day or Night Motoring

One side of a reversible rear-view mirror for automobiles has a crystal-clear face for daytime driving, and the other side is a jet black glareproof mirror that kills the blinding reflections during night driving. Either side provides clear vision of the road to the rear. The mirror is turned and locked in position either way by a simple twist of the wrist, and it can also be held in a vertical position for use as a vanity glass.

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