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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

A pint-sized look at Bubble cars

The Isetta. (Check out the Isetta Source!)

"If anyone wanted to take a glance at the differences in attitudes and economy between Europe and America in the mid to late 1950s, you could do no better than observe the radical contrasts in motoring trends of that period.
America was enjoying a post war economic boom, and this was reflected in the grand, chrome laden largesse of their vehicles. Fuel consumption wasn't really a major consideration- who cared if the latest Buick, Chevy or Cadillac only did 10 to the gallon when oil and petrol (gas) were cheap and plentiful.
In stark contrast, much of Europe was struggling to stay solvent.
If America was rocking 'n' rolling, the other side of the pond had the blues. ..."

Featured article at Port Halcyon about bubble cars and "austerity motoring".