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Old 04-07-2014, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oh, What Might Have Been...

Check out the micro GM Cadet!

http://www.bre2.net/index.php?section=19

MICROCAR NEWS Online 2008

And that wasn't even the first one:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...shiered-cadet/

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Old 04-07-2014, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That Chevy Light Car sounds like it would have been a pretty good contender, but it has a few less-than-ideal numbers. To cruise at 60 - admittedly a damned rare feat on the roads of the day - the engine would have been zinging along at about 3400 rpm.

Gadzooks, the brakes. I've seen bigger pies.

Yeah, MacPherson and his crew were challenging all the preconceived assumptions about cars. Too bad it didn't play out.
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That Micro-cadet looks awesome. Perhaps with the windshield and steering wheel further forward (or maybe a five-point harness as standard), it would do nicely.

Imagine getting one of these as a purchase bonus with your Corvette...
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I fel the same way about the Mopar Star Car.

SIA Flashback – Mopar’s Star Cars | Hemmings Daily
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While GM and Ford messed around with unconventional engine architectures and driveline layouts during the 1930s, Chrysler didn’t just sit on its thumbs. Indeed, under project manager Ken Lee, they built a pair of five-cylinder radial-engine front-wheel-drive cars that underwent about 200,000 miles of testing. One even received a well-constructed body designed just for the purpose. I won’t ask where they are now, though, for which reason you’ll discover in the article on the cars from SIA #10, April-May 1972.
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Its like a king midget with a decent drivetrain and body.
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Love that micro-vette!

Well, we can't blame the American car mfg's love affair with big land barges on the engineers.
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Well, we can't blame the American car mfg's love affair with big land barges on the engineers.
Sure. Many engineers go for the functionality over a fancy design, but the market often doesn't accept it so well. There are also many other regulatory aspects that doesn't leave too much freedom to implement the same solutions that you may often find available in other markets...
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Well, we can't blame the American car mfg's love affair with big land barges on the engineers.
You can trace the guilt back from the '49 Ford to the WWII Army Jeep. Weird!
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You can trace the guilt back from the '49 Ford to the WWII Army Jeep. Weird!
Considering the technical limitations at the time, the original Jeep wasn't so unefficient at all.

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