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November 19, 2008



Man, Scott, those are awesome... and sad. There was a display of old photos at the Chicago Auto Show last year and it was depressing to contrast the euphoric grandness of the shows from the 50s and 60s with the bland appliances on exhibit in the here-and-now.

Scott Noteboom

Thanks. By the way, here's where i found/stole these photos... Google partnered up with Life Magazine to scan and serve a huge number of old pics. It rules: http://images.google.com/hosted/life

-scott noteboom

Chris Glick

In the top picture, there's a sign for Skoda--Skoda!

Whether to subsidize or nationalize Detroit is easy for me to answer: no. I used to own a British Leyland product. It was a great when it ran, which was not often enough. In the early '70s, they were still using natural rubber seals and (in some places) gaskets. Twin SU dashpot carburetors (don't forget to top off the oil, laddy, when syncing them), electrical systems designed by some manager's kid who liked to draw lines that connected. At least by the mid-60s (maybe earlier) they were no longer building postively grounded electrical systems.

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