10 Weird Features Of Old Cars
1The future's so bright, I gotta have illuminated tires
2The dog sack gives roadkill a whole new meaning
This invention first appeared in the June 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics. It was designed to keep the car clean while giving the dog some fresh air. To the great relief of dogs everywhere, it was never added to any car models.
3Have a highball on the highway
4Dischargeable discs that determine a driver's identity
5This Amphicar breaks for fish
The Amphicar was produced between 1961-1968. Not a particularly great car or boat, the Amphicar reached maximum speeds of 70 mph on land and 7 mph on water and that's probably stretching it. Furthermore, they would sink like a stone if the bilge pump failed. Thanks to Amphicar enthusiasts, there are still several on the road – and at sea – today.
6The not-so-reliable Reliant Robin rolls
The downside of the Reliant Robin, you ask? Due to its three wheel design, the car tips over whenever it makes turns. According to enthusiasts, weighing down the passenger side with a cement block or heavy toolbox will act as a counterweight to help it from tipping. Another solution? Just drive it in a straight line!
Check out this clip from BBC's Top Gear to see the Reliant Robin roll:
7Ford attempts to reinvent the (steering) wheel
8The 1961 Buick Flamingo's rotating seat allows you to do to a 180
Check out this 1961 Buick Flamingo Motorama show car. Created for the final General Motors Motorama, it's really a '61 Buick Electra 225 convertible finished in a special Flamingo Pink color, with two tone pink leather interior and floating bucket seats, including a 180 degree swivel on the passenger side.
9Be a vinyl DJ with The Highway Hi-Fi
10The 1961 Ford Thunderbird is a sultan of (steering wheel) swing
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