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May 2, 2016

Simca Fulgur—Dream Car of the Future

In 1959, the French automaker Simca showed a prototype of the Simca Fulgur (aka "Dream Car of the Future") at various auto shows. It was a concept car designed to demonstrate "the advanced thinking of Simca engineers."

The final car was supposed to incorporate the following not-yet-invented technologies (according to this Dec 1959 article):

  • controlled by an electronic brain fed travel instructions by the driver
  • Power supplied on main highways through magnetic induction from road-imbedded cables
  • On secondary roads, Fulgur derives power from six batteries in the rear which gives it a range of up to 3000 miles.
  • The front wheels which steer the Fulgur at low speeds are retracted at above 90 miles per hour and the car will plane along on its rear wheels.

There was also talk of making the Simca Fulgur atomic-powered. And it seems possible that it may have inspired the design of the Jetsons' car, though I can't find any confirmation of that.


More info: banovsky.com, OldConceptCars.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 02, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: 1950's, Cars

Miniature Grand Prix



This is what we did before video games.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 02, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Games, Toys, 1960's, Cars

April 21, 2016

Aussie Cars:  the Holden

I can't say I had ever heard of the Holden line of cars prior to my recent research.

Some great 1960s motifs and attitudes in the second video: "Toranas are really groovy!"



Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 21, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960's, Australia, Cars

April 5, 2016

Lap Driving Banned

A 1950's effort to stop distracted driving.

But what was going on in Cheboygan that they felt a need for an ordinance against this form of distracted driving specifically?

The Pittsburgh Press - Dec 28, 1952


CHEBOYGAN, Mich., Dec 27 (UP) — Traffic violation penalties going into effect here Jan. 1 include a $5 fine for any motorist caught driving with a woman on his lap.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 05, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Regulations, 1950's, Cars

March 26, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #278

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 26, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Religion, 1960's, Cars

January 25, 2016

Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 25, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars

January 23, 2016

Baked Beans in Boots

One of life's unanswerable mysteries — Why did the man have baked beans in his boots?

London Times - June 30, 1998



What's in the boot, then?
A motorist who was stopped for a routine police check in Colchester, Essex, was found to be wearing wellington boots filled with baked beans in tomato sauce.
Officers warned him to choose more suitable footwear. A spokesman said: "We have no idea why he was doing it, but it is an offence not to be in proper control of a car. Wearing boots could cause the driver to be distracted and have an accident."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 23, 2016 - Comments (20)
Category: 1990's, Cars

January 21, 2016

January 18, 2016

What Was the Name of Ted Williams’s Car?

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Original ad here.

So what was the winning name? It's a mystery for the ages. As this blogger says, "This car was widely shown and generated considerable publicity. Surprisingly, no one at S.C. Johnson & Son seems to remember the winning name to this day. 'I attempted to find out on numerous occasions during my career with Nash and American Motors -- writing the Johnson company and perusing newspapers and trade journals of the period,' says John A. Conde. 'Unfortunately, nothing turned up.'"

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 18, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Sports, 1950's, Cars

January 17, 2016

Formula One With Snow Chains

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A Formula One car going down a ski slope, something you don't see everyday. The car was airlifted to the top of the course and fitted with chains on the tires for the trip. The Formula One Rookie of the Year drove and 3,500 people watched. Apparently a good time was had by all.

Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 17, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Seasonal, Cars

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