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New Car Tech: Circa 1948

Posted in Concept Cars, History, Pop Culture, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | January 15th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Davis Three-wheeler 1948

After WWII there was a great and wonderful sense of optimism in the United States. We had just conquered one of the greatest threats in history and looked longingly to the future to bring us new technologies and good fortune. Futurists would tell us about the cars and homes of tomorrow, and painted a picture of a “Jetsons” society, where we’d all have flying cars and live in anti-gravity environments. Well, things didn’t exactly work out that way now did they, but that’s not to say we haven’t made remarkable advancements in technology. Thankfully, we’re still all rolling around on four-wheels, and our gas stoves still operate the same way they did 60 years ago. Back in 1948 car builders had turned their attention to the aircraft industry for inspiration. Fins, riveted sheet metal bodies and aircraft inspired cockpits ruled. Sure, now all these things seem to be hokey, but back then this was the future of transportation. As for the next 60 years… it’s honestly hard to tell. All I know is that it had better be fun…

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  1. Taylor says:

    That’s the first and hopefully last time I will ever hear of changing a tire described as exhilarating.