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Networkblog.hemmings.comFour-Links – Spaceballs car, Turbo Phantom, Freddie Ford, electronic highway of the future

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* We are indebted to Jesse, the justacarguy, for enlightening us as to the whereabouts of the hovercar from Spaceballs, one of the greatest films of all time. According to the placard with it in the Justice Brothers museum, it began as a non-functional prop built by Dean Jeffries, who later installed an engine and running gear in it to make it driveable. This, of course, leads us to wonder: Whatever happened to the Winnebago?

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* Over on Dean’s Garage this week, Ron Will discussed his Turbo Phantom three-wheeler, from conceiving it while working at GM, through building the full-size working prototype.

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* Damon Lavrinc at Wired’s Autopia this week posted a couple photos of Freddie Ford, a robot that Ford built for the 1967 Texas State Fair using assembly-line parts. According to Ford, it’s the second such robot built, so we have to presume the robot monster in the photos that Greg Steinmayer shared with us a couple years ago was the first.

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* My column in the June 2012 issue of Hemmings Motor News, which should hit newsstands any day now, points out that the vision of autonomous vehicles has been with us since the 1950s, so it was quite the coincidence to see Modern Mechanix highlight an April 1958 Science Digest article on the “electronic highway of the future.”

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* Finally, enough with the gee-whiz retrofuturism. The Kaiser Willys Jeep blog this week gave a nice primer on markings for military Jeeps, useful for anybody restoring an OD Jeep.

Original: Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts


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