UNUSUAL AUTOMOBILES OF TODAY AND TOMORROW by Irwin Stambler

UNUSUAL AUTOMOBILES OF TODAY AND TOMORROW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stambler gives auto buffs (those knowledgeable enough to follow his discussions of Venturi effects, compression ratios and Moon superchargers) a look under the hoods of a variety of experimental cars. Some, like Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America, Andy Granatelli's Lotus STP and the customized VW dune buggies, are built for sport, but most are attempts to find non-polluting alternatives to the internal combustion engine. The Lear Steamer, battery-powered Amitron and LPG (propane propelled) System are all current realities, though Stambler appears to feel that the turbine engine is the best bet for mass production in the near future. On the whole, these models are less futuristic than the author's Automobiles of the Future (1966) which predicted nuclear-powered cars and automated highways, and the specialized explanations will appeal to more sophisticated readers.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1972
Publisher: Putnam