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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - April 15, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseBy Walter Hennessey is new York Bureau automobiles that Cost As Muchas houses. Lavishly appointed one of a kind show cars. Far out fun vehicles assembled with Tongue in of these ingredients has be come part of the proven formula for adding extra zing to that Lively latter Day Folk Art the Auto is important naturally that there be vehicles representing the leading automotive nations of the world like the . Germany great Britain France Italy. Sweden and Japan. And there should be lots of off beat novelties like a Bath tub car up holstered in Plush Lime Green velvet a Snappy hot Rod milk truck of Lavender fibreglass a $48,000 Rolls Royce painted in psychedelic Flower Power colors. But As the 12th International Auto Mobile show demonstrated during a week s exhibit at the new York coliseum the half million paying customers who flock there each Spring also want peek at the automotive possibilities of the future As depicted in the sleek Low Slung and improbable experimental those Jazzy that May be forerunners of the cars of tomorrow. In one instance at least the experimental dream car of Only a year ago has been modified from Highway practicality standpoint and put on the Market. This is american motors amx an advanced design car that looked As if it were about to blast of for the Moon. Its place in the experimental ranks has been filled by the High perform Ance amx it a two passenger super sports car which made its debut at this year s amx it s fibreglass body features a Choptack design which pro Vides an Ultra Short rear overhang of Only 30 inches. The effect when coupled with its oversize 17-Inch tires and a roof panel which rises sharply at the trailing Edge is that of an All out Competition , which Only a year ago unveiled its Low Slung rear engined Astori is now showing two new Experiment is the Astro ii a second Genera Tion dream car powered by a midship mounted liquid cooled v8 with Radiator in the other a product of wind Tunnel research is the Astro Vette. Its sloping Road hugging nose Low Hood Silhouette and smooth flowing rear deck line were designed to reduce air drag. Even the underside is fitted with partial belly pans to minimize air disturbances which normally build up Between the Auto and the Roadway. Another Mill engined 1968 experimental is Ford s Mach 2, a two place sports car incorporating a variety of feature developed in High Speed endurance Rac ing by it prototypes. Its fiberglas body stands Only 47 inches High and the clutch Brake and accelerator pedal adjust to suit the Driver. Dot Ftfe Flam Amft my my my Auto show Odge s twin seat Charger Iii is really Way out what with its Jet aircraft Type canopy elevating seats and swing away steering wheel. Stabilizing rear deck flaps Are synchronized with the regular braking system and although there is no rear window a pop up Mirror in the roof provides the drive with a wide Angle View of where he s been. But if these experimental offers glimpse of tomorrow s cars Buick s Century Cruiser designed for High Speed travel on the highways of t h e future May be Silil further Motorist of years hence would drive it to his neighbourhood automatic superhighway then insert a punch card and All controls would be taken Over Byan electronic system to guide the car Over a computer programmed route. Thu relieved of his duties the Driver could presumably join the passengers around he game table watch television or perhaps help himself to a snack fro the refrigerator. Aside from such purr experimental another Auto show attention getter consists of dressing up an already plus production Model with fancy body work and Interior touches so that it becomes one of a kind idea this trend inspired Ford s Fiera modified version of the 1968 Al fast Back As Well As the Saturn which is a Page 12 i ll""""1 i a /""s1i ii i if i 1 i i a jul vc�4l i i o electronic guidance you tool this baby onto the automatic superhighway of tomorrow you turn All controls a Grade a hot Rod that churns along at 150 Gold velour antique Walnut genuine Mouton carpets adorn Interior of this luxury town car. This Gold plated animated Bath tub has enough plumbing to flush it along at 150 . Fibreglass body adjustable hand and foot controls come with this two place mid engined Model. Beetle John Lennon s psychedelic custom Job is horsed with Flower Power. Redesigned two door thunderbird hard top it also accounted for Oldsmobile s mod Rod a 4-4-2 with exterior finish of 50 different color shades starting with flame Orange and blending through dozens of Gold and yellow hues to Cream White. Olds also had the services of Debra Deno Barnes the reigning miss America. Cadillac s show car Biarritz Towne Coupe. The 1930s with a leather padded Landau Type roof shielding the rear passenger compartment and High Back seats of Rich Gold velour. Among the innovations introduced this year is a tailgate wiper and Washer system that cleans a station Wagon rear window in 20 seconds. And a Brand new tire on Jaguar s a a squeezes rain water through Jet holes in the tread so that the tire can grip the Road More securely. Price tags generally average about5 per cent Over the previous year. The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow convertible was marked at $31,600 and the Eldorado harks Back to the Lamborghini p400 Miura at $21,800 or a bit less than $10 for each of its 2,200 pounds. Beatle John Lennon s psychedelic painted Rolls the most expensive car shown is valued at $48,000. Of the american cars on display the fattest Price tag was on the Ford motor company s Continental Mark Iii which Sells for about $8,300, although a customized limousine can Cost $15,000. Publishing company sponsored a Zany collection of autos among the the Bath tub car and the milk truck. The $25,000 Bath tub is a wheele monstrosity powered by a 392 cubic Inch engine and the body hardware i Gold plated. The milk truck which is actually a $15,000 fibreglass hot Rod can rocket along in excess of 150 . In building the Bath tub car twin cast Iron antique French tubs were used to serve As passenger , the plan was to drive the car from one of the tubs but it was seat like enough. A commode now upholstered in Lime Green velvet solved the problem nicely. The stars and stripes the stars and stripes Page 13

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