The Streamlined Car of 1960 (1948)

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Popular Science produced short films in the 1940s and 50s that showcased technology of the near and distant future. This short was released theatrically on May 21, 1948 and featured “streamlined marvels on wheels.” The narrator cheerfully proclaims of the second car (pictured above), “If you’re looking for a 1960 model, this may well be it!”

Clip from the Popular Science Historic Film Series DVD.


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That first one looks remarkably similar to the Robin Reliant, notorious for rollovers. The idea of going over 100mph in that thing is pretty terrifying.

The final model in the showcase was the most realistic of the bunch and looked quite interesting, I’d like to learn more about that one.