The beetle-like shape of George W. Walker’s post-war prototype “car of the future” makes it difficult to tell fore from aft, but the license-plate end, right, is the front of the car. The motor is mounted in the rear. Like most of these models, this one has a transparent plastic top, with the body panels made of other plastics. The sketch was published in 1942.
The beetle-like shape of George W. Walker’s post-war prototype “car of the future” makes it difficult to tell fore from aft, but the license-plate end, right, is the front of the car. The motor is mounted in the rear. Like most of these models, this one has a transparent plastic top, with the body panels made of other plastics. The sketch was published in 1942. Newspaper Enterprise Association Telegram-Tribune
The beetle-like shape of George W. Walker’s post-war prototype “car of the future” makes it difficult to tell fore from aft, but the license-plate end, right, is the front of the car. The motor is mounted in the rear. Like most of these models, this one has a transparent plastic top, with the body panels made of other plastics. The sketch was published in 1942. Newspaper Enterprise Association Telegram-Tribune

1942’s plastic ‘car of the future’ looked like something George Jetson would drive

December 28, 2017 06:06 PM

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Photographer David Middlecamp has been delving into The Tribune's archives to share historical photos and articles about the Central Coast with readers since 2007. Reach him at dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com .