• Jan 22nd 2010 at 5:01PM
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Chevrolet news video from 1935 – Click above to watch video

Back when the world was a kinder, simpler place, carmakers made all kinds of thrilling-at-the-time propaganda promotional reels that we now derive no end of joy from. It was a time when a company could film its 80-horsepower sedan driving over a railroad trestle, like the one in the picture, and not worry about getting sued when someone actually did it and ended up in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chevrolet did one such vid that looked at company developments all around the country, including a bunch of octogenarian workers visiting Baltimore to receive the keys to the city. And In the year's first great display of meta, the video from 1935 then goes on to take an incredulous look at car advertisements from 1898 and 1899. Follow the jump for six minutes of American glory in black-and-white.

[Source: Auto Trader Classic]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, 1935 in the Florida Keys. That was the year of the Labor Dar Hurricane, a Category 5 that caused 400-600 deaths.


      I wonder how many of those railbuses were ever built? It looked way cool. I also wonder how reliable those hydraulics were, the ones that raised and lowered the rail guide wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That rail bus is the coolest thing ever. Must have been interesting times to live in the 30s and 40s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting. Guess they had a hard time finding young labor back then with all the still-working seniors at that plant opening. Wasn't this '35? I'd think they'd have had droves of young guys around. I guess they were all back on the farm then as we were a much more rural nation at that time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Social Security was'nt signed into law until 1935 and pensions were nearly non-existant during that time. People had to work until they were no longer able to or died. During the depression, if you were lucky enouph to have a job, you did everything you could to keep it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Knee-action was a terrible design but had marketing power. I think it was only available '34-'38.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I showed that video to my 90 year old grandfather, who served bravely in WWII, and has been the rock of my family forever. He's usually not much for nostalgia, but it put a smile on his face that I haven't seen in years...

      Grandpa was 16 in 1935, and nowhere near able to afford a new car. That wouldn't come until after he returned from the war. His first ride was a '51 Pontiac, but he always loved those depression-era cars.

      Sure, "80 hp" under the hood sounds like a lawnmower by today's standards. Anyone who's never driven an historic ride, looks at numbers. Anyone who HAS... it's another story.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a hell of a car.

      I liked the rail bus too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Golly, that sure was swell!

      Personally, I like the car covered in bathing suit beauties cruising down a public street. That's totally safe for me to emulate now right?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish I had a voice like the narrator, its so awesome lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if this was right around the time GM came up with the idea of buying up CA's public transit system and destroying it so that the city would become dependent on automobiles.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing.

        Imagine if car makers and railroads had worked together instead of against each other.
      • 5 Years Ago
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