Mechanical Elephants

Once upon a time, mechanical elephants roamed up and down the boardwalks of beaches. Check out the clip below from a 1950s newsreel. The elephant, built by Frank Stuart was "Gasoline Powered with a 4 cylinder English Side Valve Ford engine. Top speed 27 MPH!"



I found the clip on the blog of Eastcliff Richard who reports that, "Astonishingly Britain used to lead the world in the production of mechanical elephants. This one was later sold to the late, great, dearly-departed Peter Sellers as part of his eccentric collection of automobilia."

Some more videos of mechanical elephants can be found here and here.
Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 17, 2008
Category: Animals, Inventions, Technology





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I implored people to buy me one on the hoax forum last year, but had no takers.

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/forums/viewthread/2940/


Sadly, the link in the post went 404 and I didn't save the image.
Posted by MadCarlotta on 07/17/08 at 04:33 PM
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