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Old 9th October 2013, 12:45   #16
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Kiran Chitnis (moralfibre): Amazing collection of pictures! Thanks for sharing! All I can say is : "Hats off to the human brain!" Another 5 star thread on Team-BHP!

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Very educational and entertaining, However after looking at the pics and the kind of raw mechanical ingenuity that people in the early part of the 20th century had, I think we seem to have lost it somehow in the later half and 21st century. Of course safety standard could have a lot to do with the whole thing.
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Great thread. However, going back to the mundane in automobiles the Citroen DS deserves a very honourable mention. Even today many features will be considered futuristic.
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Another car that deserves an honourable mention is the dymaxion car by richard buckminister fuller the great engineer/ planner/ architect a true renaissance man of the 20 th century
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Fantastic collection of photos with good information. Thanks for sharing.
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Fantastic thread. Beautiful picture. Looks like there were more dramatic experiments and innovations (whether they worked or not) on the basic structure of automobiles during 1st half of 20th century than we can possibly see today. Despite all these attempts, the fundamental design of cars seem to have remained same since they first came into existance, with improvements in refinement, reliability, efficiency, power, comfort, gadgetry, etc.
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Wow! What an excellent thread! It's amazing how much people have spent their time researching on automobiles as well as the efforts put in to invent something new. Great insight into the history of automobiles, thanks for sharing !!
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What a thread!! deserves the 5 stars!! Innovation, at least in cars, seems to have lost its steam in our times. So many amphib models yet none of them made it to the market even after several decades. Save for the flying car Terrafugia (Terrafugia - the flying car), There is not a single radical innovation that I can think of in the last many decades.
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Some lovely pictures found on twitter.

German train design, Schienenzeppelin,could reach speeds upto 210 km/h..1930s @History_Pi

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Illuminated Tires, 1961:

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Catford Cycling Club, 1927:

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One of the heaviest engines in the world, "BigBoy", a 400 ton locomotive. 1944

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@HistoryInPics Race of double deck buses, 1933.

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Here is the wonderful Morgan Three Wheeler. The models used motorcycle engines placed ahead of the front wheels.

Here is a beautifully restored car which runs on V Twin Matchless engines. The is part of the old Imperial Hotel Museum, Las Vegas. The collection is now called Auto Collection

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http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z...per-Sport.aspx

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Thanks for those pictures. Love those Morgans, the three wheelers as well as the four wheeler. Visited their factory some 10 years ago. Lik stepping into a time machine. Not a power tool in sight. Panels still being hand beaten!

I like my bikes and cars "classic". Morgan still makes these three wheelers:

And it still looks and feels the classic part:

http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/home.html

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An image of a man speaking on an early version of a mobile phone mounted on a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

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I am intriguied by the one-wheeled inventions (the Dynasphere and Motorwheel), examples of such devices keep coming up now and then but yet to see a commercially viable unit.
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British Pathe's digitization of videos couldn't have come at a better time:







Amphibious water scooter:



Flying bicycle:



Motorised roller skates:




A flying car:




The hover scooter that we already covered before in action:




And the funniest of them all, a motorised bath tub :

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I have always loved the Stout Scarab

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A of it being driven in recent times. More info in this

Dont rightly know if all the stuff in belongs in this thread but intriguing, nonetheless!
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What a great set of pictures! Thanks for posting moralfibre

I think the follwing two need to be represented on this thread

1) Leyat Helicar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyat

2) Wolseley Gyrocar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrocar
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