Cafeteria GAS STATION (Sep, 1948)


Service is only as good as the driver makes it at some of the new serve-your-self gas stations in California, but the motorist saves four or five cents per gallon of gas. Top, one of few attendants is at grease rack, where metered outlets show amount of grease used. Top right, at central booth girl attendants get the change for motorists’ money. Right, girl awaits payment as driver helps himself. Below, “oil bar” near rear of station sells numerous brands at cut prices. Cars must be driven to the bar for service

Hot New Cars from Overseas (Mar, 1963)

New and Hot from Overseas

Daimler with a fiber-glass body
Limousine comfort and high-speed motoring are combined in the Ogle SX.250. The occasional-four-seater body of fiber-glass is based on the Daimler SP.250 chassis and 152.5-inch, 140-hp. V-8. A four-speed manual or an automatic transmission is offered. All four wheels have disk brakes. It costs over $6,000 in England.

British Jensen uses American engine
The Jensen C-V8 is a genuine four-seater built exclusively for the U.S. Its 361-inch, 305-hp. Chrysler engine gives acceleration from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 140 m.p.h. TorqueFlite automatic transmission or manual shift with overdrive is available. The body is fiberglass. All brakes are disk. Price is $9,800 in England.

Chain Company Ad: “What! My Car?” (Apr, 1916)

I love that this guy has just been informed that his wife was in a car accident and his first reaction is: “What! My Car? Did that bitch wreck my car?”

What! My Car?”

“Yes! skidded—and it’s up to you. You failed to provide the chauffeur with Tire Chains. Only good luck saved your wife from paying the supreme penalty for your negligence. She’s on the way to the hospital, painfully injured, but the doctor thinks she’ll pull through. You’d better hurry to the hospital and then report to Headquarters”.

How strange it is that disaster must come to some men before they realize that all makes and types of tires will skid on wet pavements and muddy roads when not equipped with Chains.

These men do not appreciate, until too late, that by failing to provide Weed Anti-Skid Chains they expose their families to injury and death.

The time to provide against accidents is before they happen. Don’t wait until after the first skid. Put Weed Chains on all four tires at the first indication of slippery going and you will have quadruple protection against injury, death, car damage and law suits.

Weed Chains are Sold for All Tires by Dealers Everywhere

Sole Manufacturer, of Weed Anti-Skid Chains
In Canada-DOMINION CHAIN CO., Ltd;, Niagara Falls, Ontario,

Streamlined Auto Can Almost Fly (Dec, 1930)

Streamlined Auto Can Almost Fly

Famous airship builder has car with engine in the rear, spare wheel hidden in door, sunken headlights, and no projecting part to catch wind—Needs little gas and has slight wear on the tires

IMAGINE an automobile that goes faster with the body on it than with the stripped chassis alone. Picture a car that, if it reached a speed of 180 miles an hour, would actually leave the ground and fly for short distances like an airplane. That is a description of a new motor car designed by the famous airship expert Sir Dennis Burney, designer and builder of the giant English airship R-100.

Do-It-Yourself Sports Car (Mar, 1962)

Do-It-Yourself Sports Car

THE Lotus Elite, fiber glass and polyester resin British sports car, is available in kit form for under $3500 to British buyers. Assembled by the manufacturer, the Standard Elite costs $3750. But the kit buyers also save on taxes which run the standard model to $5600.

The luxury Elite, with a 1216-cc (74.2-cu.-in.) engine, gets 75 hp in a single-carburetor form. It is a product of the Lotus Engineering Company, Ltd., Hornsey, London, which also produces the less luxurious Lotus Seven for sale to Britishers for about $1400.

Midget Bus Carries Nine Children (Oct, 1935)

Midget Bus Carries Nine Children

A HIP high miniature bus which seats nine juvenile passengers and the driver has made its appearance on the streets of St. Paul, Minn. Four storage batteries mounted under the hood operate headlights and furnish the power for the two motors which run the bus.

It was built at a cost of $350 by L. F. Wright, St. Paul garage operator. Fashioned after the commercial type bus, the midget vehicle can attain a speed of 18 miles per hour.

Neighborhood children find that the bus provides all the thrills of a larger car without endangering the lives of the passengers. Mr. Wright designed the bus after building several midget racing cars.

Heel Is Held on Accelerator by Small Metal Box (Dec, 1936)

Heel Is Held on Accelerator by Small Metal Box
Woman drivers who have difficulty in keeping the high heels of their shoes on the accelerator will find that a shallow metal box soldered to the lower end of the pedal as shown will solve the problem. It will, of course, be necessary to remove part of the rubber covering of the pedal and clean the metal before soldering the box in place.

Sunlight Powers Automobile (Aug, 1960)

Sunlight Powers Automobile
POWERED by the same kind of solar cells used in space vehicles, this car—a 1912 Baker electric— has a top speed of 20 mph.

The 26 sq. ft. panel atop the car contains some 10,640 silicon cells which convert sunlight to electricity. The car was rigged with the cells merely to demonstrate the potential of solar power conversion, and the cells produce enough electricity in eight hours of sunlight to run it for only an hour.

The system was developed by Dr. Charles A. Es-coffery, technical assistant to the president of International Rectifier Corp., El Segundo, Calif. Cost of the solar cell panel is about $15,000. In mass production quantities of a hundred or so, it could be sold for $2,000 to $3,000, says Dr. Escoffery.

Three New Lightweight Automobiles for Europeans (Feb, 1949)

Three New Lightweight Automobiles for Europeans

More evidence that Europeans will continue to drive small, economical cars is evidenced by three new models. Czechs in Prague are holding a contest to find an inexpensive car that is cheap to operate. At a recent automobile show in Paris, two new four-passenger French models that attracted attention are the Dynavia, a streamlined sports car affording excellent visibility, and the 1949 Citroen. The two-door Dynavia has three shifts and overdrive, the engine is air-cooled and the car is said to have a top speed of 90 m.p.h. “with some effort.,’ At normal speeds it travels 42 miles on a gallon of gasoline. The four-door Citroen has front-wheel drive. One lightweight Czech car has a two-cylinder engine in the rear and attains a speed of 50 m.p.h. It is said to run 63 miles on one gallon of gasoline.

Tiny, Axle-less Truck (Aug, 1949)

Axle-less Truck is firstAmerican vehicle with independent suspension of all four wheels. Rubber tension cords like those in plane landing gear are used in place of steel springs. American Motors, Troy, N. Y.