New Auto Lock Shuts Off Gasoline and Ignition (Feb, 1929)

New Auto Lock Shuts Off Gasoline and Ignition

AUTOMOBILE thieves are thwarted by a new steering wheel lock which has been invented in England. This lock fits the steering column in the conventional manner, as shown in the photo. When locked it not only makes steering impossible, but also cuts off the ignition and stops the gasoline flow.

Most automobile thieves depend upon speed to accomplish their getaway. With three essential running features of a car shut off it would almost be impossible to drive it away. The time that it would take to pick all three of these safety devices would be more than most car lifters would dare risk.

10 comments
  1. slim says: August 19, 200911:55 pm

    Do you suppose Wonder Woman’s invisible plane was made out of plass?

  2. Don says: August 20, 200911:08 am

    Susan Boyle?

  3. Randy says: August 21, 20094:30 pm

    Plass is what they called it before “transparent aluminum”.

  4. Randy says: August 21, 20094:39 pm

    I read that around (or possibly during) WWI the Germans tried covering an airplane with celluloid sheets instead of the usual doped fabric. The covering was transparent, but reflected sunlight so well from the slab-sided fuselage that the plane was actually visible from a greater distance than if just fabric-covered.

  5. Firebrand38 says: August 21, 20095:46 pm

    Randy: For something like that you really should provide a reference. Here is one validating that celluloid sheets were tried but discontinued for reasons other than what you said:

    http://books.google.com…

  6. Randy says: August 21, 20096:07 pm

    Firebrand38, you are right. I’m pretty sure it was one of the volumes of “Warplanes of the First World War”. Dead-tree book that won’t have been digitized yet (I did search) that did have a photo of the plane on the ground. Unfortunately I’m 50 miles away from the library that has those volumes. I probably should have waited… ;)

  7. Randy says: August 21, 20096:10 pm

    Firebrand38, try this: http://www.theaerodrome…

  8. Firebrand38 says: August 21, 20096:32 pm

    Randy: Perfect!! I always enjoy learning something that I didn’t know before and this type of construction was a complete surprise. Thanks.

  9. Randy says: August 21, 20097:04 pm

    You’re welcome (I knew my memory could not be too far off :)), and thanks in turn for the cool book PDF. I’m trying to find a specific pre-WWII book on seaplane construction. The San Francisco main library had a copy in its stacks before the ’89 earthquake, but not afterwards. Hopefully a copy has been digitized.

  10. Firebrand38 says: August 21, 20098:34 pm

    Randy: If it’s Seaplane Design by Nelson in 1934 I haven’t found any digital copies.

    http://books.google.com…

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