• Short Summary

    Great new car design - it looks like an early prototype for the VW Beetle.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "London. 'The R-100 Car' - designed by Sir Dennistoun Burney - makes its first appearance - travelling at 180 mph, it would rise off the ground so wonderful is its streamlining!"


    Two particularly strange looking cars - 'The R100' design - travel through London traffic. (They look like an early prototype for the VW Beetle).

    BV of the two cars as they drive down the road.

    One of the cars pulls up outside a country house. The driver gets out and stands by his vehicle. Closer shot as he opens the engine compartment and points some things out. He shows how the spare wheel is stowed inside one of the passenger doors. He opens the boot which is where main engine is. He opens up a small luggage compartment in the back and an assistant gets out a suitcase.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:00:00 / 01:21:53:00

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The vehicles seen here are two versions of the "Burney" car, produced by Streamline Cars Ltd, being the brainchild of Dennistoun Burney.

    They were made between 1928 and 1931, with only 12 or 13 being produced in total. Apparently none have survived.

    Presumably this clip's title of "The R-100 car" refers to designer Dennistoun Burney's involvement with the R-100 airship.

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