New on the Road (Mar, 1948)

In 2000 Popular Mechanics had an article about a guy who was riding an brand new, amazingly light 11.3 lb bike, so I’m going to call shenanigans on the 9 pounder on the second page.

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New on the Road

Engine Rests Crooked in this Mercedes Benz, a top candidate to squash the track record at Indianapolis this year. Its in-line connection to an off-center rear axle assembly adds power and gives extreme underslinging.

Squirming Irma is not the girl in the picture (who is Randee Sanford and always sits quietly) but a vigorous gadget for testing Ford springs and upholstery. It acts like a 135-pound woman squirming 11 complete squirms a minute.

Heavy Passengers in 1948 Studebakers (right) needn’t sink low in the front seat cushions if they take advantage of a feature which permits easy insertion of extra spring coils between the usual ones. They can ride higher and see better.

Covered Motorcycle is a far cry from the old-time covered wagon. This one, streamlined and aluminum plated, was displayed at the Milan Exposition. Its seat height is adjusted by handle the man is turning.

Cache for Liqior in your new Rolls-Royce may be a sliding affair tailored into the back cushion or an eight-bottle bar at your knees. There’s not quite room for your private bartender.

Strong Finger? or light bike? It’s a light bike, the lightest in the world, according to Legnato, its makers. Enrico Villorese, the Italian auto racing ace, easily holds its nine pounds on his finger tip.

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  1. Blurgle says: July 5, 20073:41 am

    Actually, if it were made completely from aluminium it could very well weigh under ten lb. (It also wouldn’t be terribly safe, but that’s another point.) The new bicycle isn’t all-aluminium, and its notability is more due to the fact that it’s collapsible.

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