IT’S NEW! (Jul, 1960)

IT’S NEW!

EXPERIMENTAL French monorail, electric, cruises at 60 mph, can carry 123 passengers.

FIRST CAR to be made in India is fourseater sedan with fiber glass body. Mill is two-cylinder job, gets 55 mph, 50 mpg.

ANTI-SLIP gadget for shoes was invented by English clerk. Hinged steel teeth are {lipped up when walking on icy pavements.

FIRST successful gas machine for anesthetizing large animals is demonstrated on nag by Dr. E. Wynn Jones. U. of Okla.

ROTOCRAFT and ducted fan test bed is flatbed trailer towed by a truck tractor at 60 mph at Cornell Aeronautical Labs.

WATER SKIS. German-made, are propelled by aquatic version of ski poles with end discs.

TIRE-INFLATING machine, a French device, above, makes certain front tires receive equal pressure—for improved steering. Two tires are connected. below, and columns of mercury show when equal pressure is obtained. Can also be used for rear set.

HERALD convertible is new Triumph model, has plastic top, corner and rear windows.

SKATE-CYCLE, built in Krakow, Poland, has ice skate in place of front wheel, a rear wheel that is studded with spikes for firm traction.

MODEL of Vickers Swallow is shown by British designer Dr. Barnes Wallis. Its wingtip engines will give up to 1700-mph speed at 50,000 feet.

8 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: June 30, 201111:17 am

    They still use those same cars in India, and I think they still might make them, I’m not sure.

    Vickers Swallow, much more popular than the Vickers Spits! (Didn’t Barnes Wallis design the bouncing bomb?)

  2. dogphlap says: June 30, 20113:41 pm

    That French monorail looks like the one in Fahrenheit 451 (early 60′s film).

  3. John says: June 30, 20113:59 pm

    dogphlap » That’s because it was. http://en.wikipedia.org…

  4. Heracles says: July 3, 201110:27 am

    Funny how, 50 years ago, they could mention a car getting 50 miles per gallon, something that’s barely achievable today with super-efficient hybrid engines and the latest materials. Were they just quoting numbers from one very long downhill stretch of highway?

  5. Toronto says: July 3, 201111:46 am

    India would have been using Imperial gallons (160 ounces, vs 128 in a US gallon) so 50 mpg is the same as 40 mpg US. Cars were very much lighter (no air bags, crumple zones, heavy bumpers, seat belts, etc) and this one was fibreglas so was even lighter. Tires were harder and narrower, giving less rolling resistance (and crappy cornering.)

    And, of course, there were few to no regulations about how one measured mileage. Perhaps they started in the Himalayas and headed downhill.

  6. Rangachari Anand says: July 6, 20113:18 pm

    I am originally from India and I am pretty familiar with the Indian car industry but I have never heard of this car. I wonder if it was a one-off by Standard Motors.

  7. Gary James says: July 21, 20113:57 pm

    All indications to me are that is none other than the same Monorail used in Fahreneit 451. The least of which is the “Experimental French” type of car-under-rail, which was the only one built in France. I think they built a slightly more extensive car-over-rail (ALWEG) track to too far away, which still exists.

  8. John says: July 21, 20114:01 pm

    Yeah like the indications in post #3. Abracadabra, it’s the one used in the movie!

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