Category:
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GPS of the 1920s

I can think of one obvious problem with mounting the map in front of the windshield.

Popular Mechanics - Nov 1927

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Geography and Maps, 1920s, Cars

Assembling a Maverick

Thanks to WU-vie MarkMcD, I was alerted to the existence of this great commercial, the inverse of my earlier post on disassembling a Beetle.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, Reader Recommendation, 1970s, Cars

How to Take Apart a Volkswagen Beetle

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 06, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Twentieth Century, Cars

Testing Cab Drivers

Back in the 1920s, one Chicago cab company had some interesting tests it required its drivers to take. One was a "strength trial for the arms" in which the driver had to hold down a spring with his outstretched arm for as long as he could. There was also a psychological test:

The candidate is required to operate a somewhat complicated series of switches and foot-pedals according to carefully given directions, and while he is doing it, he is given unexpectedly a mild electric shock. The examiner observes to what extent the surprise upsets the equanimity and competence of the driver.

Perhaps Uber should consider similar tests for its drivers.

Popular Mechanics - Oct 1927



Sedalia Democrat - June 15, 1926

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1920s, Cars

Unoccupied car bursts into flames

A short-circuit? Sounds more like the car was possessed.

The Bridgeport Post - Apr 10, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1970s, Cars

Early Uber

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 16, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: 1960s, United Kingdom, Cars

Stretch limo snowcat

Currently for sale on Craigslist Vancouver. They're asking $6000 for it.

for sale snow cat limo , sv 250 bombardier snow cat combined with 1989 caddy stretch limo. Last used 2 years ago.





Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Cars

Shrine for the repose of the souls of people killed by Toyota cars

Built in 1970 at a cost of $445,000 (which, I'm sure, is a lot more in today's money). It was located in the Japanese mountain resort of Tateshina. I assume it's still there, though I haven't been able to find any recent references to it online.



Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal - Aug 3, 1970



Update: A more recent photo of it, via Tripadvisor. It's called the Tateshinayamashoko-ji Temple.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 15, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Death, Religion, 1970s, Cars

Hot Rod Hop



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s, Cars

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