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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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.
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.
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.
Why GAMBLE with DEATH?
By H. W. Magee
THERE’S one law which, sooner or later, is going to stop every reckless or careless driver. That’s the law of averages. And when this law of averages is applied to traffic accidents today, the rows of cold figures scream a grim warning which every sane motorist should heed because you can’t break this law without eventually breaking your neck.
PIN-UP CAR – 1939 Bugatti 57S
Owner: Thomas Butler Folsom, Pasadena, Calif. Original cost: $25,000 (including duty). Engine: straight 8, double overhead cam with Roots direct blower, 210 hp. Body: aluminum, hand made by Ganglof, Colmar, France. Interior: Australian black kid. Finish: Bugatti red, black top. Wheelbase: 130 inches. Miles per gallon: 15. Top speed: 130 mph.
MI Tests the 1951 Kaiser Special
“Good looks, real performance and lots of new ideas” should enable the new medium-priced Kaiser to give competitors a run for their money, says Tom McCahill.
THE 1951 Supersonic six-cylinder Kaiser Special—one of three all-new lines produced this year by Kaiser-Frazer —is quite an automobile. It has good looks, real performance and a lot of brand new little ideas which should cause competitors to take inventory of their own merchandise.
Ninety seven years later and you’d be hard pressed to find a hundred electric cars in all of NYC.
Incidentally the $45 a month price would be equivalent to $1022 a month in 2012 dollars. While that sounds like a lot of money I’m sure you could find valet lots around central park that actually cost that much today.
OWNERS CO-OPERATE IN GARAGE
ELECTRIC car owners and dealers in the Central Park district of New-York City have banded together and built a co-operative garage. One hundred electric machines have been placed in the new station and six dealers in electrics and accessories have taken show room along the street frontage. As the result, the fortunate ones have reduced storage expenses considerably.
There is a Facebook photo album about this car. Anyway, according to the caption the car did not prevent the Governor from being deposed by Chiang Kaishek and assassinated by the Japanese.
Safety and Beauty in Manchuria Governor’s Car
AN American limousine has just been delivered to His Excellency Tsan Tso-Lin, governor general of Manchuria. It combines luxurious upholstery and beauty of design with armored protection.
A lining of chrome nickel steel was built inside the body. Shutters of the same material, which are rolled out of sight in the roof of the car, can be lowered to cover the windows. Portholes in the sides and back of the car make it possible to fire from within.