Retrofuturist Flashback: Cars of the Future (1942)


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Let's explore some more fantastic images of the future via the past! This time, it's futuristic car designs from the early 1940s.

Above we see a Cross Country Cattle Hauler of the future! Yes, that vehicle's full of livestock, but the animals are all sealed away in lightless boxes. How lovely. The image originally appeared in 'Super Transport on Super Highways,' published by the Timken-Detroit Axle Company. The caption informed us that, "this vehicle is also known as being the 'stock train of the road,' and it is roomy, well ventilated, and comfortable for both men and animals."

Yes. Comfortable. I'm sure.


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