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Old 11th May 2014, 12:40   #31
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Not only Adler Diplomat, but even Mercedes-Benz had wood-gas generator installed in their 170V models during the World War 2.

Here are some of the pictures:

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A 17kg (37lb) load of charcoal was sufficient to travel 100 kilometers (62 miles)

Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz History-Trevor Legate

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A Mercedes-Benz Type 170VG Army staff car with wood-gas generator, an innovative car developed and produced during 1939-43. The M 136G had a four-cylinder engine with a bore stroke of 73.5 100mm. Only 11 of these prototypes were built.

Courtesy:Photo from the Mercedes-Benz Albums in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)

Text from Mercedes Benz Staff cars of Third Reich

Imbert wood gas generator:

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Courtesy: Internal combustion engine handbook-SAE
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Just discovered the Eshelman Adult sportscar .

And the video:

I WANT ONE!
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Here's something for us to cheer about. Gordon Bedson's three wheeled cart designed when he was in India

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Source: http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au...don_bedson.htm
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Saw this one on Jalopnik.


What a wonderful idea - all the comforts of a car & the fitness benefits of a bike!

http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/peo...ium=socialflow
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I remember, late 40s-early 50s, during gasoline rationing, some private carrier trucks had a 'Coal Plant' installed behind the driver's cab. It produced gas that was used to power those Chevy trucks.
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Came across a very nice Listverse Article today and immediately thought of sharing it here.

Some highlights. There are other items in the list that did not catch my attention.

The kite/ air powered car:
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A Horse soother (to ensure the horseless carriage does not spook the 'horse' portion of a horse-carriage)
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An early GPS!
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Pet space - this one needs to make a come back!
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Not just James Bond, even Johnny common man could have amphibious cars. Wonder why it failed!
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It was called the soybean car - essentially a tube frame with panels. The precursor to the Dolphin! With today's technology, this might be viable now.
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For me, this was the weirdest invention: wrist steering wheels. WIth fly-by-wire and computerized controls, this or a joystick, should be the way to go in the future.
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a unique parking & steering mechanism
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