Walter George Newman definitely sounds like he was a bit of a character. I like the idea of having a guy blowing on a trumpet instead of a horn.
The New York Times
- Aug 17, 1910
This is what Jack Charipar, director of Plymouth's product-planning team, imagined in 1961 that cars would look like in 1980. Source: Newsweek
- Jan 23, 1961.
It's a Subaru to which 70 pounds of dentures (as well as 70 pounds of dental impressions) have been attached. It's also known as the Mobile Masticator. More info at ktvq.com
or its own website
A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here
Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?
Original ad here.
This story ran in the Washington Post
on June 26, 1933. It describes how a dispute over how many coats of paint is required to paint a car resulted in tragedy.
But it leaves unanswered the question of how much paint is needed to paint a car. My hunch would be that paint is better nowadays than it was in 1933, so fewer coats are needed. But I'd say it has to be three coats minimum (including the primer). Nine coats (even back in 1933) sounds like too much.
‘Hypnotist Henry Blythe, gives his daughter Sally, 17, advice before she starts a driving lesson at Torquay, England, Jan 15, 1960. Blythe says he hypnotizes her as he has some 40 other new drivers, all of whom have passed their test. Sally has not yet taken her test.’ [via Retronaut
Sydney Morning Herald - May 5, 1960
Now we know where the sound of the 1966 Batmobile came from.
Be sure to watch until they open the hood.
In the early 1970s, American Motors took a classic and they added denim to it, making it even more of a classic. The result was the AMC Gremlin "Levi" Edition. An economy car upholstered with Levi jeans. The Gremlin Levi is now highly prized by collectors.
Car buffs are fanatical. A group of them has compiled a database of car appearances in films, the Internet Movie Cars Database,
to accompany the more famous IMDB.
With screen captures.
So suppose, like me, you once drove a Mercury Marauder, circa 1973. You can now nostalgically learn all the times that make and model of vehicle appeared onscreen.
My car looked exactly like the one below, down to the paint job.