Is This the Motor Car of Tomorrow? (Nov, 1940)
Is This the Motor Car of Tomorrow?
REPLETE with striking innovations, a motor car of tomorrow that is ready to roll on the highways of today, is part of the Electric Utilities exhibit at the New York World’s Fair. Within an air-conditioned, noiseless body, the driver sits behind an instrument panel holding more than, a score of dials and switches. Above the panel is a green-tinted, nonglare windshield, and below a special crash board padded with cork and sponge rubber. Doors are without handles and swing open at the touch of a button. Easily removed panels of duralumin seal the underside of the car against dust and mud, and eleven types of rubber, placed at vibration points, prevent rattles. An all-wave radio, with two speakers and an airplane-type, concealed antenna, can be tuned in from the instrument panel. The driver operates the car through an electric gearshift. Four persons can sit abreast on the wide front seat, which is formed of molded rubber to eliminate vibration and road shock. Powered by an airplane-type engine, this car of the future can reach a peak speed of 115 miles an hour.