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  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,302
    I believe that's the 1974 Fascination 700 - a thermonuclear car that never got off the ground. Only five were made and all are still rumored to exist. I imagine the EPA would go nuts over somebody building a nuclear car.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,302
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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Dymaxion by Buckminster Fuller.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,302
    That's correct. Buckminster Fuller also tried to market a Dymaxion House in the late 1940s that looked like a flying saucer.
  • texasestexases Posts: 8,364
    edited January 2012
    That's the new Fusion/Mondeo - looks good, but seems a bit 'heavy' in that pic, like the current Taurus.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    Yup, that's the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, the p[lug-in hybrid version of the Fusiondeo.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 10,467
    Nash Healey. What a wonderful picture, BTW!!
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    edited January 2012
    Yes it's a '53 Nash Healey, supposedly the first one to arrive in the USA. There's a couple of interesting (tracked) vehicles on the flatcars behind it, anybody recognize them?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    Last call for someone to ID the big tracked vehicles between the Nash-Healey and the freighter in #31934.

    Hints: They're highly modified from the original configuration but the shape of the hull and the track/bogey layout should be familiar. Almost 50,000 were made.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 29,413
    abrams tanks?

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,364
    Sherman tanks - odd looking turrets, though.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,302
    Did they have Sherman tanks as late as the Korean War which would've coincided with the Nash-Healey? The Sherman wasn't that great a tank, but we built a lot of them! We had produced something like 60,000 Shermans versus maybe 10,000 Panzers. The Panzer and Tiger tanks were superior, but they were overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of Shermans, not to mention the Russian T-34. The Sherman, however, was a huge improvement over the Grant tank with a gun that was mounted on the right side of the vehicle and could only move up and down.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    edited January 2012
    Yup those are M4 General Sherman medium tanks, modified for some purose hence the odd looking turret and attachments but the shape of the hull and the track/bogey arrangement is unmistakable>

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    Some Shermans saw early action in Korea but they were obsolete by the time of the photo (1953) and had been replaced by the M47 Patton as the Army's main battle tank. I have no explanation of why these were at the Port of Milwaukee apparently being loaded or unloaded to this freighter.

    Factoid- 500 Shermans shipped to Alexandria, Egypt in late 1942 were said to have been instrumental in Montgomery's victory over the Afrika Korps at El Alamein. The M4 was competitive with German tanks at this stage of WWII but as Lemko pointed out later German tanks like the Panther and Tiger were far superior and the Shermans prevailed by weight of numbers.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 1,043
    Those are tank "tow trucks", M32 Recovery Vehicles.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    Thanks Lostwrench, I figured it must be something like that.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,317
    Looks like the first cousin of a 53 Ford. Maybe Canadian?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,667
    Hudson Jet?

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  • wgraferwgrafer Posts: 592
    Yes, this looks like the infamous '54 Hudson Jet convertible prototype. Too bad they never built more than one....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm surprised you didn't point out the headlights that stretch back half way to the A-pillar.

    That and the taillights stand out as unique.

    I like it.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,691
    The lights are actually conventional looking, the other piece is just kind of an eyelash - not full on Toyota-esque lazy styling trying to look sporty when it is anything but.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You mean Peugoet? They were first. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,691
    I don't know of any Pug that is like, say, the Solara - the front and back lights both stretched way out in a weird attempt at being interesting. Then we have the goofy faces that Toyota likes. Dorky design for, well...

    But what am I thinking, Toyota does no wrong.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 19,664
    Yup, it's the one and only 1954 Hudson Jet convertible

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,364
    "the infamous '54 Hudson Jet convertible prototype"

    Infamous? Why so?
  • wgraferwgrafer Posts: 592
    "Infamous? Why so? "

    Well, there must be hundreds of pictures of the 1954 Hudson Jet convertible in books and on the web, and they are all red because they are all of this exact same car! It was a prototype that was never put in production due to money problems.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,302
    The Jet pretty much sunk Hudson as an independent automaker hastening their merger with Nash to form American Motors. The Jet was the wrong car at the wrong time. It was a compact that cost more than a full-size Chevrolet. It was too tall, too short, and too narrow when the public wanted long, low, and wide. It's oddball styling resembled a 5/8 scale 1952 Ford with an Olds rear.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You always pick on Toyota, as if they are to blame for all that is bad in the world.

    Please.

    Puegoet 206 pre-dates that Solara. They sell tons in Brazil.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 45,691
    206 also isn't as proportionally bad, maybe it was designed by a Toyota "stylist" before he jumped ship. The Toyolex influence isn't positive in terms of interesting cars, I just call it as I see it. :shades:
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