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Retrofuturist Flashback: Electric Car of Tomorrow

 Drive into the future. (© PoodlesRock/Corbis)
Drive into the future. (© PoodlesRock/Corbis)

Whenever we dive into yesterday's visions of tomorrow, we inevitably run headlong into the depressing fantasy of flying automobiles and personal jet packs -- all of it with a delivery date of 1994. Other times, however, they kind of nail it.

Just gaze into this calming vision of a sapphire-hued road of the future. It stems from a 1950s advertisement, featuring an 'electronic car of tomorrow' driving through the city with a glowing guidance display. Take away the crazy steering wheel and you're not far off from the dashboard of a modern Toyota Prius with its LCD screen.

But what about that crazy super bus on the right? Oh how I'd love to see one of those on the not-so-futuristic roads of the 21st century.

Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.

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