Today’s retro-fabulous film pick comes to you courtesy of Matt Novak—a Southern Californian who runs the equally fabulous Paleofuture blog.
Produced by Popular Mechanics and released on May 21, 1948, the two-minute short serves as an introduction to the Davis 3-Wheeler (a car with built-in hydraulic jacks that make “tire-changing an exhilarating experience”) and Gordon Buehrig’s one-of-a-kind, fiberglass-and-aluminum Tasco prototype (the film doesn’t say so, but this seems to have been the first car with a T-top). In between, you’ll see an aluminum-plated “monster” that would have been more at home in the air—or, given its resemblance to some deep-sea anglerfish, under the waves. Sixty-some years after the fact, these cars still look futuristic—we’d take any one of them out for a spin.
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