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World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the 40-rods-to-the-hogshead dept.

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cylonlover writes "A very special car will cross the auctioneers block next month — it's the world's oldest running motor car, a historic 1884 de Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout. The second prototype built by Count de Dion, the car participated in the world's first automobile race, which only attracted one competitor. It completed the course, and although it's arguably not possible to have a race without two competitors, this is the car that 'won' that race, achieving a claimed top speed of 37 mph on the straights."

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37 mph? Too fast.... (2)

Retron (577778) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494780)

37mph is more than you need for most Sunday afternoons on the M25!

Re:37 mph? Too fast.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495312)

37 MPH ought to be enough for anybody.

Re:37 mph? Too fast.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37497180)

As a college educated American, I call BS on this. Cars were invented by Henry Ford. Ask 100 Americans and democracy will tell you that Hank invented them.

Yes, but... (0)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494804)

...does it run DOS?

Yes, it does... (2)

davidwr (791652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494864)

... Drive On Streets.

Re:Yes, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37494902)

No, it runs CP/M - the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence - The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Re:Yes, but... (1)

johnmorganjr (960148) | more than 2 years ago | (#37498676)

Forget DOS........ it is running linux that is why it still is running.

Count de Dion (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494816)

I'm picturing him standing on top of his car as it's puttering down the road, singing My Heart Will Go On.

None (2)

shmeeps (2406070) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494828)

Someone let Jay Leno know.

I'd bet he's looking at buying it (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494910)

Good chance he'll get it.

Re:I'd bet he's looking at buying it (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495408)

He already has a Stanly Steamer [wikipedia.org] so why not another steamer especially since it is unique vehicle in automotive history. These are the type of vehicles that he says he like to collect.

Re:I'd bet he's looking at buying it (1)

shmeeps (2406070) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495618)

He actually owns several steam cars [jaylenosgarage.com] , so I wouldn't be surprised if he is interested.

Not so sure (1)

Gription (1006467) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496258)

Jay's real interest is in cars with displacements rated in gallons. This might catch his eye but if there was a locomotive converted to street use he wouldn't even notice this one.

So, will this car/auction be on Top Gear? (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494858)

That is to say, the real Top Gear (UK), not any of the other cheap imitations.

Re:So, will this car/auction be on Top Gear? (2)

Coldmoon (1010039) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494922)

That is to say, the real Top Gear (UK), not any of the other cheap imitations.

Agreed - it would be hilarious to see James trying to drive that thing during the intro review segment...

Re:So, will this car/auction be on Top Gear? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495094)

"We're going to see what it's like to drive it to Norway!"

Already done :P (1)

ryzvonusef (1151717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495226)

they did something almost similar, take a look, it's hilarious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWTcPdYfsAc [youtube.com]

Re:Already done :P (1)

ryzvonusef (1151717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495732)

Actually, I re-played the video to hear the name, and unless there were different models of the de Dion Bouton, it *is* the very same car!

Re:Already done :P (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37496244)

Its a different model, the one they were driving was a production car (the article is about a prototype) and it appears to be gas powered, not steam like this one.

Re:Already done :P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37496320)

No, that was an internal combustion engine the one in the article is steam-powered.

Re:Already done :P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37496758)

Of course it isn't. Compare the images of the car in TFA with the one Top Gear drove. The latter looks far more modern. Plus, it doesn't run on steam. The presence of a starting handle is a good indication of that.

Re:Already done :P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37500442)

de Dion Bouton made a metric asston of different models, in the early 1900's they were the world's largest car maker.

May and Clarkson are driving one of the later petrol powered models in the video, world's best-selling car pre-WW1

Re:So, will this car/auction be on Top Gear? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495280)

and now we give it to .... 'the stig...'

Looks pretty nice (2)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494884)

Now show me the Carfax.

Re:Looks pretty nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495062)

A fax machine for your car? Or faxing a car through a fax machine?

Re:Looks pretty nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495714)

You must have been waiting forever just to use that joke...

Re:Looks pretty nice (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495952)

That would be an interesting line item...

Competed in Steampunk DARPA Grand Challenge... 80 years before there was a DARPA.

Re:Apple releases iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37497458)

No hooves. Less space than a covered wagon. Lame.

Leno? More likely some reality show (1)

spazmonkey (920425) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494904)

Then lowered and have some 19" alloys and a sound system put on it.

Re:Leno? More likely some reality show (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495366)

Nah on those shows they start off with a piece of crap and make it into a polished turd. And besides I thought it had to be some 1980's GM, Ford, or Chrysler hooptie.

Re:Leno? More likely some reality show (4, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495384)

This car was featured in the popular zoetrope: "Pimpeth Thine Horseless Carriage".

Re:Leno? More likely some reality show (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496812)

Greetings good sir, we have deduced that you prefer horseless carriages, so we inserted a horseless carriage in thine horseless carriage, so thee could journey by vehicle whilst thee embarks on an automobile excursion.

Re:Leno? More likely some reality show (1)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495428)

Not forgetting the dingle-balls, chrome, chain-link steering wheel, and tangerine metalflake paint job.

Must be scrapped (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 2 years ago | (#37494936)

It doesn't meet government safety, environmental or fuel consumption regulations.

Re:Must be scrapped (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495016)

Hey it's steam-powered. That means it runs on coal, that sexy America-tastic power source. You guys love coal right?

Insurance will still be a bitch on a car this old though...

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495154)

Steam powered means it will run on anything that can generate steam including matter-antimatter reactions.

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495396)

True, but steam engines from that era were typically designed to run on coal.

Re:Must be scrapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495886)

or charcoal, but cars usually used some kind of liquid fuel like "Kerosene" or ethanol.

Incidentally... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37500346)

Many years ago, I had an old Lanz tractor that ran on crude oil. It took about 15 minutes with a blowtorch to heat up the manifold enough to make the stuff burn, but once it was going it would run forever.

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 2 years ago | (#37497478)

Just refit the boiler with a matter-antimatter core and you are good to go.

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 2 years ago | (#37497800)

Or just throw a picture of Justin Bieber down there in the firebox. Free energy.

Re:Must be scrapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37498354)

Doesn't it also mean that you can download another one if you lost it as long as you have an internet connection?

Re:Must be scrapped (3, Insightful)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495634)

Hey it's steam-powered.

It runs on steam, the same way a Prius runs on electricity.

Re:Must be scrapped (2)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496106)

not really - it's a 4 seater so you don't get the "sports car" rate.. and i bet the blue book on it is crap. i've got a 79 midget.. and the insurance "value" of the car is ~300$.. when i added it to my insurance ~10 years ago it actually lowered my overall rate because it divided into the drive time of my then more modern and "valuable" car.

Re:Must be scrapped (3, Informative)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495300)

I know you were going for a funny but it would only have to comply with the regulations that were in effect when the vehicle was made, so none. Granted it may have to have one of those orange triangles on the back, but other than that it should be perfectly street legal. Also if the car isn't currently in the US it can easily be imported as it is old enough to not have to comply with current regulations (I know this because I looked into importing a car a few years back) and there wouldn't be any import restrictions on it. That is one of the great things about old vehicles is the lack of regulations, also vehicle age is determined by the chassis age not the engine so swapping out and old blown engine with the new one means you can strip off all the emissions controls and only run with the ones needed at the time of vehicle manufacture. This is why I like that my project car is a pre-emissions vehicle (it has some but they are very limited as it only has to deal with crankcase emissions), so basically I can do what ever I want with it.

Re:Must be scrapped (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37497756)

AFAICT, in California the vehicle smogs as the donor, and you're never allowed to swap a motor older than the vehicle, truck into car, or diesel into non-diesel. Once it's pre-smog, though, it no longer requires checks for registration.

If you live someplace else you're probably right.

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499634)

Well, would that car have any wood in it [slashdot.org] ? You just might run into some unexpected difficulties importing it...

Re:Must be scrapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499720)

Actually, the motoring public is running into BIG problems now in California, because they are now starting to retroactively apply regulations STRICTER than vehicles were required to meet when new, and stricter than were applied say five years ago. Yep, your car could be running just as well now as it ever did, passed every year, but all of a sudden it fails -- because the regs have been artificially tightened up. Glad I don't live there. Oh, my "Prove yourself" word is "disdain". Which is what I feel towards CA's doing this.

Re:Must be scrapped (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37500770)

Actually, the motoring public is running into BIG problems now in California, because they are now starting to retroactively apply regulations STRICTER than vehicles were required to meet when new, and stricter than were applied say five years ago

Not me, I drive diesels constructed before 1996, which do not require any emissions testing. I'm still subject to gross polluter rules, of course. Neither of my diesels smoke except at heavy load however, so I'm safe there, too.

Re:Must be scrapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37507902)

Yes, because caring about air quality is such a bad thing.

Re:Must be scrapped (-1, Troll)

glassware (195317) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496112)

You are a jerk. Stop behaving like the mere idea of regulation is inappropriate.

Regulations make our world better. Virtually all of them are good. Some of them are idiotic or generate more nuisance than benefit. If you are willing to engage with the government and view our social contract as a two way street, you, yes you, can influence laws and encourage better regulations to be written.

As other people have noted, government safety, environmental and fuel consumption regulations are for mass produced street legal vehicles. Exemptions exist for people who want to produce prototype cars or vehicles that don't meet these regulations. In most cases you simply have to pay an extra fee to make sure you are being responsible for your vehicle.

Really, do you know what you accomplish with your hatred of government? You are destroying the social contract of our society. The reason our country is great is because people work together to improve our lives. I'm really scared that people like you are somehow winning the argument, and that eventually you will infect everyone with the idea that other people are "opponents" rather than citizens to be treated equally. Every time you express disdain for the government, we get one step closer to being a wild-west, free for all Somalia-type country where anything goes provided you have a gun in your pocket to back it up.

Do you know who won in the wild west? The lawmen won. They had guns just like the bad guys; but when they came into a town with no law and no government they improved it. Your ancestors would be sick to hear that you are so upset over taxes and regulation that you're willing to throw away all civilization to be free of them.

Still? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37494948)

Is it just me or does it look like it had a 2nd use? That fixture above the copper condenser coil looks conspicuously like a tap.

Re:Still? (3, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495114)

Yes, sadly it ran into hard times in the 1930s and had to hire itself out as a beer fountain.

88 mph (1)

doramjan (766519) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495002)

At only 37 MPH it's never going to get fast enough to activate its flux capacitor to get back to 1884... When's the Mr. Fusion scheduled to be invented again?

Re:88 mph (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495076)

It's okay, there's been plenty of inflation since 1884, that 37 MPH is much more now.

Re:88 mph (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495104)

2015.

Re:88 mph (1)

Nanosphere (1867972) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495206)

Someone needs to get that recently discovered nuclear yellowcake [cnn.com] from the Libyans.

Re:88 mph (1)

smbarbour (893880) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495728)

But where will you get the pinball machine parts to replace it?

Re:88 mph (1)

cffrost (885375) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499518)

But where will you get the pinball machine parts to replace it?

Easy; 1985!

Inexpolsible (1)

perry64 (1324755) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495022)

One of the nameplates on the boiler said it was "Inexplosible." CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!

Re:Inexpolsible (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496746)

I once ignored a bi-lingual safety warning because the Spanish word for "Warning" is something very similar to "Advertisement". I thought it was spam. Don't worry, my eyebrows grew back.

Progress (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495242)

It takes more than half an hour to prepare before it can drive, requires watering every 20 miles, and has a top speed of 37mph. That sounds like most of the crap American cars from the 70s I drove. A funny video they could make would have it cut off by Mr. Bean in his British Leyland Mini 1000.

Analogy (1)

samkass (174571) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495354)

Could someone please work this car news into a linux analogy for me please?

Re:Analogy (3, Funny)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495466)

The oldest bootable copy of the original linux on a 5.25 inch floppy is being auctioned.

Re:Analogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37500406)

8" floppy surely .....

Re:Analogy (2)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 2 years ago | (#37502706)

We are talking about Linux, so 3.5" floppy disk would be appropriate. They were ubiquitous in 1991. You can go for double density disks, though, since they were cheaper. Bonus points for drilling a hole in the capacity indicator and formatting the floppy for high density resulting in no errors in Norton disk doctor.

Re:Analogy (1)

Qwell (684661) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495486)

Sure thing.

It would be like somebody selling Softlanding Linux System floppies.

Re:Analogy (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37500384)

It would be like somebody selling Softlanding Linux System floppies.

I actually have some SLS floppies in a box in my garage. I don't imagine anybody would want them though. However, I predict a lot of interest in this car. Hell, if I had that kind of money and the space to store and maintain it, I would put in a bid myself.

Re:Analogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495988)

It would be like buying Linus Torvalds.

Re:Analogy (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496220)

Yes.. it;s like someone selling MINIX disks..

Jay Leno, ftw! (1)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495422)

A car with extremely unique provenance?

Don't even bother going to that auction Jay will pay whatever it takes.

-AI

Remember to check (1)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495458)

if it's been declared stolen or SORN. Also get a mileage check from its last MOT and that it has no speeding fines against it. Avoid any nasty surprises.

Re:Remember to check (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496876)

Since you are using british terminology i'm assuming you are reffering to the UK, I can't seem to find anything in TFA about where the care is located.

Avoid any nasty surprises.

While I'd agree your list of things to check for is good for those buying cars in general I don't think they are the most important things in this case.

I doubt anyone cares too much about the mileage on a car like this. You don't buy a car like this because of the mileage or lack thereof. You buy it to own a price of history. Did cars of that age even have an odometer?

I'm not sure why anyone would file a SORN for such an old car when they could just get a tax disc. It's not like you have to pay road tax.

It's being sold by a major auctioneer so one would expect them to have done the legal checks to see if it was stolen etc.

I'd think the main things to check would be the mechanical condition of the car. Whether it has a MOT and if not how much it would cost to restore it to the point it gets through one and that sort of thing.

Re:Remember to check (1)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 2 years ago | (#37500210)

I suppose that I would just want to make sure that the car is in good nick. You know, make sure that the granny that owned it didn't take it drag racing before going to church...

Crush it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495514)

Maybe GM can buy it and crush it to show that

Fuck Gizmodo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495536)

Why are you linking to that trash?

Re:Fuck Gizmodo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37495680)

It's not Gizmodo. Why do you even care since you apparently can't read?

Bogus! (3, Informative)

coats (1068) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495626)

The world's oldest running car is an 1830's vintage French steamer, currently on exhibit at the Automobile Museum in St. Petersburg FL.

FWIW.

Re:Bogus! (5, Informative)

DRJlaw (946416) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495806)

The world's oldest running car is an 1830's vintage French steamer, currently on exhibit at the Automobile Museum in St. Petersburg FL.

The admitted replica? [tbauto.org]

Which is of a 1770s vintage French steamer that is not run and itself a frankenbuilt [classicand...ncecar.com] reconstruction of the vehicle?

Yet the boiler of the Conservatoireâ(TM)s fardier today is clearly under-specified, too small, and without any means to top it up with water. The cylinders are uncharacteristically poorly made and thereâ(TM)s no safety valve fitted to the boiler, even though a valve was known to be a necessity even back in 1770. And there are also discrepancies between descriptions and drawings made around 1770, and those made once the fardier was installed in the museum.

Alain was baffled but intrigued. He went back to his research and found a comment from the 18th century relating how looters (after scrap metal) were chased from the arsenal. It seems the bronze cylinders and distributor were stolen and almost certainly remade by the museum many years later.

But what of the clearly inefficient boiler and the apparently redundant leaf spring? Alain suggests that, following the infamous accident, the original â" and now damaged â" boiler might have been swapped for the smaller experimental boiler from the 1769 fardier, and reassembled incorrectly with the chimneys back to front. It seems feasible, as does his theory that the accident was caused by someone inadvertently operating the regulator lever while the fardier was steaming up.

Running car my hiney.

Re:Bogus! (1)

hierophanta (1345511) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496718)

interesting stuff, wish i had a mod point for ya

Re:Bogus! (1)

steelfood (895457) | more than 2 years ago | (#37498398)

Running car my hiney.

Put it on the top of a hill, give it a light tap, and I assure you it'll run like a charm. You'd never know the boiler was on backwards. Why, I bet your friends will be clamoring for one too once they see how cool having one is, except well, there's one and only one in the world. Who wouldn't want that kind of prestige?

Think about it. But not too long because I have three other guys who were here earlier who said they're interested. In fact, I'm expecting a call this very afternoon from one of them. But since you're here already, what the heck, I'll give it to you now and send him to voicemail. Plus, just because you look like such a great guy, I'll throw in some floor mats for free. But not the Toyota ones, because we all know the Japanese have nothing on the French when it comes to floormats.

Re:Bogus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37500548)

The Compiegne museum actually has a 1878 "La Mancelle" by Bollee which was from a commercial run, not a single prototype. So even not including experimental pieces like Cugnot's, this de Dion doesn't qualify for the title by a few years. Of course, I can understand why the auction house would want to prop it like that.

Re:!Bogus (1)

blivit42 (980582) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496116)

I looked it up at www.tbauto.com. Said car is a reproduction 1770 Fardier de Cugnot. From the website:

"The original Fardier de Cugnot has been in the collection of the Le Conservatoire de Arts et Metiers, Paris, France since 1801. Currently on display is one reproduction Fardier on loan from the Deutsche Ban Museum in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as a completely functional, faithful reproduction that was created from the ground-up by The Tampa Bay Auto Museum."

So, the oldest car is on display in Paris (I have not investigated whether it works or not), and the one(s) in St. Petersburg are replicas, so nothing has yet to disprove that the car in TFA is the world's oldest working car.

Totally steampunk (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495698)

Totally steampunk. Miniaturizing the locomotive and taking it off-track was an obvious approach towards independant motorized transit. This makes me wonder, what are the oldest running vehicles in the various tech categories (gasoline powered, diesel, electric, and hybrid). You could break this down even further I suppose. Oldest fuel injected vehicle still running? Less interesting though. Yeah I know I could google it, and maybe I will later...

Re:Totally steampunk (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#37495984)

For all intensive purposes, "whom" is no longer a word. That begs the question, "who cares"?

Intensive?

And who cares about whom?

Re:Totally steampunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499910)

Whom do you care about?

Re:Totally steampunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37500918)

YHBT

YHL

HAND

Re:Totally steampunk (1)

Pentium100 (1240090) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496240)

I wonder what steam car would be possible to build using modern materials/tools. I probably would be quite good, well apart from the 'takes x minutes to build up steam" part.

Re:Totally steampunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504008)

think about this, we have stove tops that can bring a pot of water to boil in under 30seconds now days. Capacheno(msp) that shot out steam in to our wonderful drinks in less than a min too. so it is possible to have a 30sec start on a steam engine powered car. :)

Re:Totally steampunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37509606)

Late model Stanley Steamers had flash boilers that took 30 seconds - yes, just half a minute - to build enough pressure for driving. The boilers were wire wound like RN gun barrels and were almost explosion proof as a result: the boilers would leak like buggery at rivets and plate joints well before the wire winding could fail. The cars were also very quiet for the time, and fast: one held the automobile speed record from 1906 to 1911. Stanley used condensers, giving greatly increased distances between water fills.

All in all, very neat practical designs - just not very cheap.

Modern design techniques, materials, tools, and control systems should be able to improve on what Stanley achieved in the early 20th century.

It's missing... (1)

Chewbacon (797801) | more than 2 years ago | (#37496642)

Spinnners. A dixie horn. A trunk rattling subwoofer. A trunk, come to think of it. And junk.

Delorean from 1885 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37496970)

The second oldest running car would be the Delorean from 1885. Oh wait, it wasn't running. Doc had to push it with a choo choo.

Electric? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#37497010)

Has a 20 mile limit, takes forever between trips, slow. Sounds just like the electric cars being pushed.

analogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37497560)

I'm confused, does anyone have a computer analogy?

Re:analogy (1)

shoor (33382) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499076)

The first pascaline up for auction?
The first difference engine?
The first Jacquard loom?
The first Hollerith tabulator?

Actually, I probably go with Konrad Zuse's Z1 if any of these still existed. As it is, I think it would have to be the Smithsonian auctioning off ENIAC.

Note that up above there are linux analogies.

Top Gear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499694)

They had a de Deon Bouton on Top Gear (UK), on an episode they referred to as "earliest autos". They tried to find the oldest automobile with modern-style controls. It turned out to be a Cadillac. The de Deon -- they got it going alright, but when it came time to stop.. well, they had literally (word-for-word) translated the French instructions to English, they frantically tried to figure out what to do, and in fact blew right through a "Give Way" (yield) sign at the end of the road before they figured out some multiple lever pulls and so on to stop it. It was pretty difficult!

Progress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37500114)

So, a vehicle manufactured in 1884 is more stable than a Segway and gets better gas mileage than anything that any company receiving government bailout money is manufacturing today. We are so screwed.

Vehicle Inspection is going to be a hassle (1)

Tymst (2417278) | more than 2 years ago | (#37500744)

Too bad unleaded coal is so expensive at Shell these days.
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