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Spherical Drive Wheel Propels Odd Vehicle (Nov, 1937)

Spherical Drive Wheel Propels Odd Vehicle
Propelled by a spinning, motor-driven half globe at its rear, a strange three-wheeled vehicle recently made its appearance on the streets of Paris, France. The fantastic machine serves as an experimental model to test the inventor’s idea of a new gearless transmission, the speed of the vehicle being varied by tilting the hemisphere.

Delivery Cars That Advertise (Feb, 1930)

Delivery Cars That Advertise

SOME unique delivery trucks and wagons are used by Los Angeles merchants, and one of the most odd is the car shown below.


This is only tangentially related, but if you have a few minutes check out this video about this insane machine used to bore and create tunnels for subways. It’s kind of mind blowing.


THE Pipemobile moves pipes—really big pipes—like the 67-ton, 13-foot diameter jobs on these pages. The American Pipe and Construction Co. of South Gate, Calif., devised this $200,000, one-of-a-kind machine. When the Pipe-mobile is ready to go to work, its large front wheel “steps up” into the pipe.

This wheel then supports the rig from inside the pipe while the two wheels behind are raised for entry. At the other end of the pipe, the wheels “step down” to the ground and the Pipemobile is ready to raise the pipe, move it and join it to other sections. Now if you have a big pipe…

Will Gyroscopic Wheel Shatter Speed Records? (Apr, 1923)

Will Gyroscopic Wheel Shatter Speed Records?

DOWN the track of a motor speedway a wheel 14 feet high whirls at such a dizzy speed that racing automobiles traveling at top speed—115 miles an hour—seem almost to stand still. So fast does the giant wheel travel that the details of its design can scarcely be distinguished. This is a possibility prophesied by Prof. E. J. Christie, of Marion, Ohio, for an amazing gyroscopic unicycle of his invention, now being constructed in Philadelphia, Pa. The 2400-pound 14-foot model of the speed wheel is almost ready for a trial spin and Christie confidently predicts that it will develop a speed of at least 250, and possibly 400 miles an hour!

Build a Comedy Ford (Feb, 1933)

Build a Comedy Ford

Good money can be made at carnivals and in advertising stunts for local merchants with a sawed off bug made from Model T Ford parts. This article describes the changes that are necessary for making the entire conversion, ready for use.

AN ATTRACTION that is sure fire always makes a good advertising medium. This converted Model T Ford, or Comedy Ford, can be very easily built, and is a profit maker for any man who has a little ingenuity in selling its uses.

It can be used to carry labels, or to give thrilling joy rides about town, or to provide a freak set of thrills on any country fair race track.


Mud and sand offer no obstacles to an eight-wheeled car exhibited by a German inventor, since its multiple tread surfaces assure ample support and traction. The wheels are grouped in two sets of four each at the front and rear of the machine—an arrangement imposing an unusual mechanical problem in the design of steering apparatus. The inventor has overcome this difficulty by adapting the two forward pairs of wheels so that they swing in unison for making turns.

“Bubble” Top Auto (Apr, 1946)

“Bubble” Top Auto
Anticipating that cars of the future will have all-around vision, George Bartell of Detroit built a streamlined automobile with a transparent plastic top similar to an airplane gun turret or “bubble” canopy. Named the “Hollywood Streak,” the car is 48 inches high, 60 inches wide and 140 inches long from bumper to bumper. It is powered by a 100-horsepower motor.

It Might Fly If It Had Wings or an Engine (Apr, 1960)

That car looks like it would tip over if you sat in the front…

It Might Fly If It Had Wings or an Engine
AIRCRAFT-TYPE styling gem by the famed Ghia car body manufacturers, the Selene was created by the Italian company as a show car. The auto has no engine. Its purpose is to show what might be expected in car styling of the future. Two back seats, facing each other, give the back compartment a lounge-room effect, complete with bar (right). Sliding airplane-type steering wheel and double sets of instruments would allow the car to be driven from either side.

There’s Everything in This Car Even the Kitchen Sink (Aug, 1954)

This car reminds me of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

There’s Everything in This Car Even the Kitchen Sink
Everything is built into a car designed by a Swedish engineer everything including the kitchen sink! The car is equipped with two beds and a kitchen. With the beds folded out of the way, it will seat seven passengers without crowding. Wheelbase is 240 inches, about six feet longer than the longest American car. Top speed is 125 miles per hour.