Front Drive Auto Travels 110 m.p.h. (Dec, 1936)
Front Drive Auto Travels 110 m.p.h.
DESIGNED to serve as an example of artistic and functional design as well as mechanical ability, a newly developed auto attains a speed of 110 m.p.h., and is said to travel 30 miles on a gallon of gasoline. It was designed by Benjamin F. Harris III, an industrial engineer in Chicago, Ill.
Three years time was required to construct the car which incorporates many novel features. It is equipped with a front drive transmission and has independently sprung rear wheels. Fully retractable headlights and an exhaust aperture built into the body reduce air resistance.
The power plant is a specially built V-8, geared engine equipped with two carburetors. The auto weighs 1,500 pounds and is 12 feet long, 5 feet wide. With a wheel base of 86 inches, the wheel tread is 50 inches. The auto has remotely controlled filler caps and concealed hood latches and locks.