• Short Summary

    Professor Lee of Sheffield University shows the workings of his new gearless (automatic) car.

  • Description

    Titles read: "GEARLESS CAR DESCRIBED".

    Location of events unknown.

    Various shots of a new gearless car being driven by the two engineers that developed it: Professor Lee of Sheffield University and Commandant Piero Salerni of Italy. Professor Lee stands beside the open bonnet and explains how the car works, and shows us there is just two pedals inside and a stick for reversing purposes. High angle shot from the back of a moving vehicle of the engineers driving some other men along a road in the car.

    This is probably the first 'automatic' car.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    977.36
    Media URN:
    17983
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1938
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:21:00 / 01:34:29:00
    Canister:
    38/68

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "Professor Lee" - that name, in text and tags is incorrect, the gent's name is actually Professor Frederick Lea.

    "Commandant Piero Salerni" should read Commendatore Piero Salerni.

    A 1938 news story about the men's invention can be found here...

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19380824&id=ImYhAA
    AAIBAJ&sjid=3ocFAAAAIBAJ&pg=25
    15,4080410

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