Tag Archives: 1950s

Driverless car and futuristic roads!

from 1957, a vision of the future!  It’s like Leave It To Beaver.…except Wally is a girl.   Google eat your heart out!

And here’s the kicker, an excerpt from the 1958 Disney show “Magic Highway”.  Some fascinating ideas going on here!  Here’s hoping that we have this kind of imagination still kicking around for the next 50 years.

src:  Micah’s Two Cents

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Bugatti Type 101 Antem Coupe

The last ‘original’ Bugatti (referring to the original family run company) to be produced was the Type 101 and one of these 101s went to coachbuilder Antem and was transformed into something weird and somewhat charming.  The Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe is an unusual looking design, smothered in mystery and uniqueness.  In those days, plenty of ‘one-off’ cars existed, but the significance of this being of the final 8 cars Bugatti ever built before disappearing and being resurrected by an amped-up Volkswagen make this car even more interesting than it already is, in my opinion.

Only eight Type 101s were ever built. The chassis 101 504 would then be sent to Antem of Paris and become the unique Type 101 C Antem Coupé, arguably the most striking and beautiful Type 101.

more info here: http://www.supercars.net/cars/4296.html

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unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport.

One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and sported a mighty 36hp.  The amount of parts that it actually shares with a VW is unclear, as it doesn’t use a rear-engined layout like the Beetle did.  Very few of these cars exist (reportedly 3 are still in existence).   Produced between 1950 and 1953, by Borgward. The car had Bosch Fuel Injection (!), front engined, front wheel drive, and a transversely mounted engine—-all revolutionary at the time and very unique.

Lots of information and photos here:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=406656&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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book purchase of the day.

a bizarre piece of literary genius from 1959 entitled “Skillful Driving: How to Master The 200 Most Crucial Situations Of Modern Traffic” by Maxwell N. Halsey

driving will never be the same, kids!

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foto(s) of the day. 11202009

One of THE most beautiful Grand Prix cars, the 1950-51 Talbot Lago T26c

(click fotos 2 times to get hi-res)


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