Thread: Parking in 1927
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Old 14 July 2017, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
I'm hoping that someone can prove the film is not really that old or something like it may have trickery from 1927. What I see is a rear wheel drive car. This is evident by the rear axle with a differential being clearly visible. No tie rod can be seen in the views of the front wheels. In fact the area where the tie rods would connect have been obscured. The movement of the car is consistent with each front wheel or maybe just one being powered, perhaps by an electric motor. Other than that, I can't tell you much else.
It looks like the man in the back seat is turning a crank or something which leads me to believe the front wheels are manualy operated simaler too
a pedal bike. An electric motor and battery powerful enough to run the front wheels would have been very expensive in that time, so this was most likely manualy operated.

As another poster said, this looks like a proof of concept that never took off, likely because the car needed two drivers (one for driving the car and the
other to operate the crank mechanism for parking mode.) to be at all practical.
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