March 31 - the preview of the fifth International Motor Show in and a vast display of the latest in automobile design from home and abroad.
March 31 - the preview of the fifth International Motor Show in and a vast display of the latest in automobile design from home and abroad. It was described as the "greatest-ever American car show".
Israeli manufacturers were exhibiting for the first time, and it was thought that the sleek lines of their "Sabra" sports car -slowing the number-plate 000001 - would be very popular with the buyers. One salient feature was the great case of access to the engine.
Among the many eye-catching American cars on view were the "Chrysler Turbocar", with its electrically operated roof and luggage compartment, and the trim "Corvette" - the only U.S. sports car exhibited.
Perhaps the greatest interest at the show was provoked by the new high-speed British sports car - the "Jaguar E-type". Developed from the famous "C" and "D" type sports-racing cars it is available in two forms: as an open sports car, and as a coupe. They are capable of speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour.
A novel vehicle from Britain aimed at American out-door lovers was the "Commer Camper" - a "bus" for the family with its built-in cooker, beds and washing facilities.
Other American cars of interest included the "Mercury" saloon with its amazing new ideas on suspension, and the "Comet" with more space in its luggage compartment than many larger cars.
The "Gyron", made by the American Ford Company is ultra-modernistic in shape. It is Delta-shaped like a suspension jet aircraft, 17-feet long, and designed to run on two wheels instead of four. The fibre-glass vehicle has a plastic canopy, air-conditioning and two seats. It was said to be the shape of things to come ....
Luggage space in the British "Triumph Herald" coupe caused a lot of enthusiasm as did the unusual design.
The "Simca Fulgar" saloon, from France, was one of the few cars at the show that had large fins on the tail. This feature seemed to be dying out.
One vehicle had real versatility - the American "Ford Amphi-Car" could take the family over land or water. No need to stay on a crowded beach when you can float away.