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.

  1. Stephen says: August 18, 20065:33 am

    That car was known by its enemies as the Flying Wombat. It has a chapter in Timothy Jacobs’ interesting “The World’s Worst Cars”. Apart from anything else, the way the front wheels were completely faired in meant that they could hardly be turned, so its turning circle was dreadful.

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  3. Boban says: December 11, 20074:43 pm

    Art Deco…

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  7. Paul says: February 11, 200910:18 pm

    I love it!

  8. Wombat Command says: July 5, 201112:50 am

    “Apart from anything else, the way the front wheels were completely faired in meant that they could hardly be turned, so its turning circle was dreadful.”

    Why don’t you go buy a Honda or something, Stephen?

    It wasn’t known as the Flying Wombat until used in the film.

    Who are these people with an outstanding lack of imagination who fail to see the revolutionary ideas incorporated in the Phantom Corsair? Timothy Jacobs can cram it. Quit plugging his book.

  9. John says: July 5, 20117:59 am

    Turning circle was 46 feet http://assets.hemmings….

    From an article written about a 1973 test drive…

  10. JMyint says: July 5, 201110:01 am

    John, for comparison:

    Mini Cooper – 35.1 feet
    Honda CRV – 37.8 feet
    Cadillac Escalade – 39 feet
    Chevy Suburban – 42.1 feet

  11. John says: July 5, 201111:33 am

    JMyint » Yeah so as I figured. Wombat Command (if indeed that is his real name) needs to chill when folks point out obvious shortcomings in this design.
    Who are these people with an outstanding lack of brains who fail to see shortcomings in something that looks cool?

  12. Wombat Knight says: July 7, 20119:28 pm

    John, you focking maroon, you fail to see anything with your mummified brain.

  13. John says: July 8, 20116:12 am

    Wombat Knight » Wow! What a well crafted argument!
    Ranks right up there with, “Oh, yeah?” as a comeback.
    A “maroon”? Are you now pretending to be Bugs Bunny?

    Speaking of brains, you say to buy a Honda as if the choice was between that or buying a Phantom Corsair. I hate to break it to you but you can’t buy this car anymore.

    Of course, you can still keep that big cardboard box with Phantom Corsair painted on the side. And the good news is that you can still sit in it and go VROOOM to your heart’s content.


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