IT’S NEW! (Apr, 1957)
AUSTIN PRINCESS MARK IV features first automatic transmission in a British production car plus power steering, vacuum-servo braking, hand-built coachwork.
LIGHT AUTOMATIC RIFLE built by Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp. gets trial by Richard Boutelle, Fairchild prexy. At 6.85 lbs. it’s three lbs. lighter than the Garand.
SLEEK SIDECAR shown at a recent bike and motorcycle show at Earl’s Court, London, sells for about $180. Maker has christened it Bambini.
MACHINE LATHE, the world’s smallest, took Canadian machinist Manzer MacFarlane three years to build, has 2,000 home-made parts.
POWERFUL TWO-WAY radio, Avcom Mark I, has 30-mile range, runs on rechargeable wet cell or hand crank, weighs 8 lbs. That’s Mi’s Assistant Editor Bob Beason talking.
THIS WON’T HURT because patient is a rubber practice head in West Berlin’s Free University dental clinic. Device typifies German school’s ultra-modern equipment.
SAFETY CUSHION to fit on seat backs in passenger planes would soak up jolt of belly landing. Inflates by cockpit control. Child (or pet) would be protected, too.
CONTROL BOX for driver-less Australian tractor uses simple button controls labelled Left, Right, Slow, Up, Down, rests on spiked rod.
ROBOT TRACTOR, shown during demonstration, foretells automation in rural activities of many kinds, including forest fire fighting.
KEEP IT CLEAN urges New York’s talking litter can, containing amplifier as well as litter. Gimmick is part of drive to tidy up the streets. $25 fines are also used.
MASKED MAILMAN goes London rounds in new type of anti-smog mask. Without fitting closely over mouth or nose, mask is designed to keep out pollution in city air.
BIG PUSH is needed to keep this 1895 Astter going in Paris slow race in which drivers try to be last to the top of Montmartre. Fringed-top blackboard boasts 3 hp.