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Folding House Becomes a Streamline Trailer (Dec, 1936)

Folding House Becomes a Streamline Trailer

For the motoring tourist who wants to carry his home along but wants no bulky trailer blocking his rear vision from the driver’s seat, a folding trailer has been developed. When collapsed for driving, it is streamlined to a point at the rear and is below the rear window of the car. Yet when open it is spacious enough for comfortable living quarters, accommodating a double bed and two single beds, stove, sink, refrigerator, water tank, drawers and cabinets. It is six feet two inches wide and thirteen feet four inches long. The single bed supports, when not used for sleeping, form service tables or comfortable side seats. During the day the double bed is latched to the top, out of the way. Springs set in the door frame counterbalance the weight and allow easy opening and closing of the trailer. Four folding legs adjustable for uneven ground make it steady wherever it is parked.

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EUROPEAN CARS (Sep, 1948)

EUROPEAN CARS

Resembling U. S. cars, the Italian Alfa Romeo convertible has top speed of 100 m.p.h. It costs $7000

French Renault (above and below) has four-cylinder engine in rear; carries four persons, and costs $1264

Above, Holland’s first postwar car, the Gatso, has a plastic top and duralumin body. It is built mostly of Ford parts including engine. The price—$4200

Italian-built Fiat (below) is said to run 26 miles on a gallon of gasoline. Top speed is 81 m.p.h, and the price is $3833. Note absence of chrome on body

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ESCALATOR IN GARAGE SPEEDS CAR SERVICE (Dec, 1932)

This looks really fun, but I think you might have a tough time getting insurance after the first few workers get crushed.

ESCALATOR IN GARAGE SPEEDS CAR SERVICE
Workers in a San Francisco, Calif., garage, with a 1,000-car capacity, can deliver a customer’s automobile from the eighth floor to the sidewalk in forty seconds. This is made possible by a vertical escalator and a long ramp down which cars are driven. Each worker, going for a car, steps on a tiny platform attached to an endless belt and rides straight up. To descend, he steps on the other side of the escalator and rides down. Electrical motors keep the escalator running constantly.

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$15,000 Ferrari (Aug, 1949)

$15,000 Auto: good things may come in small packages—but they also seem to come at high prices. This little Ferrari has a 12-cylinder motor which develops 140 hp. It’s the first of its kind to be imported from Milan, Italy.

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How to Dream Up a Car (Sep, 1956)

How to Dream Up a Car

The creation of Pontiac’s Club de Mer dream car took years of work.

PONTIAC’S Club de Mer is the stuff that dreams are made of—dreams that result from years of painstaking planning and hard work by stylists and engineers at GM’s lush new Technical Center. A dream car begins when vice-president in charge of styling, Harley Earl, and other top executives decide what type of car is to be created. In

the case of the Club de Mer, the brass wanted a racing car which would embody comfort, safety, performance and beauty—all in one sleek package.

Once the goal is set, Paul Gillan, boss of the Pontiac Styling Studio, and his staff go to work. Drawings of the proposed car are made by the thousands. No idea is too radical, no design too extreme. These drawings are then sifted by top experts and a basic design incorporating many features from the sketches decided upon. Then back to the drawing board for a final sketch. When this has been approved, a life-size rendering in color is made to show exactly how the completed car will look.

Next the basic car body is made of wood laths around which a clay shell is built. The metal or Fiberglas mold for the finished car will come from this.

While you won’t be able to buy the Club de Mer, the design and engineering features in it will help to set the standards for the car you will buy sometime in the future.

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Retired Sailor Builds Cars For Handicapped Veterans (May, 1952)

Retired Sailor Builds Cars For Handicapped Veterans

Using surplus airplane parts almost exclusively, a retired Navy chief petty officer builds oversize motor scooters for handicapped veterans. Also built into the compact vehicle are small power tools such as a jeweler’s lathe, a key-duplicating machine, a knife-sharpening outfit and a shoe-repair kit so the veteran can earn his living right inside his car. The retired sailor, Edward T. Adkins of Watsonville, Calif., started to build the first vehicle, which he calls the “Vetmobile,” while a patient at a Navy hospital. He did it to get a fellow patient, a discouraged amputee, “interested in something.” The tiny cars are made of a drop tank split lengthwise and mounted on a strengthened motor-scooter chassis. A converted auxiliary starter-motor generator from a B-29 powers the machine. One Vetmobile built for a Dallas, Tex., amputee is equipped with a two-way radio.

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LOWEST AUTO ONLY 27 INCHES HIGH (Nov, 1933)

Who knew the low-rider was invented in England?

LOWEST AUTO ONLY 27 INCHES HIGH

With an overall height of only twenty-seven inches, a dachshund car recently appeared on the roads of England. It is believed to be the lowest automobile in the world, the distance from the top of the windshield to the pavement being less than three times the height of this page. It was built by a Bradford engineer.

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GIRO-Automobile FLIES Without WINGS (Jul, 1935)

GIRO-Automobile FLIES Without WINGS

The wing-less autogiro and the invention of a combined land and air drive makes the dream of the flying auto come true.

FLYING automobiles are within reach of the public today as a result of a dual drive for land or air invented by Edward A. Stalker, of Ann Arbor, Mich. His gear drive includes a simple clutch which engages a wheel to drive the car on land or a propeller to push the vehicle through the air.

Based on this invention, the giro-automobile was designed. In appearance it resembles the modern streamlined, rear engine automobile. No wings are necessary as autogiro blades would provide the necessary lift.

The U. S. Bureau of Air Commerce has ordered the Pitcairn Autogiro Company to design an autogiro airplane-automobile for amateur fliers, which with its rotor blades folded back and its engine geared to the wheels can be driven on a highway like a motor car.

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War Tank on One Wheel OPERATED BY ONE MAN (Nov, 1933)

War Tank on One Wheel OPERATED BY ONE MAN

SUDDENLY, through the drifting smoke of a hard-fought battle, rush weird, one-man fighting tanks. They have the appearance of disk wheels and roll like hoops across the battlefield. Pouring out machine-gun fire, they leap over trenches, vaulting across on strange steel crutches to pursue the disorganized enemy.

Such is the startling vision foreseen by a New York inventor. He has just obtained a patent upon a unicycle-type tank which he believes will revolutionize battlefield tactics.

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The Hounds of Spring Are At Your Heels (Apr, 1939)

This is the best line I’ve ever seen in an ad:
Yes, a Nash is as catching as measles, and twice as hard to quarantine. Get into the driver’s seat once, and you can never get yourself out of it.
Isn’t there a class in advertising school where they teach you not to compare your product to a disease?

The Hounds of Spring Are At Your Heels

SOME DAY THIS WEEK, give the best girl a ring, and come down and borrow a new Nash.

Here’s a car that knows what it’s all about . . . why colts kick their heels in the spring … why little boys run away from home . . . why trout rods are being revarnished.

Just look at it— begging to be let loose! But be careful… for there’s a new kind of power packed beneath that bonnet. . . and it’s terrific!

There’s a gear-shift on the wheel* that’s fast as light . . . and a Fourth Speed Forward* that’s fleet and soft as the wind you’re racing.

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