On TV, when they show foreign countries, often you’ll see some really cool looking cars, trucks and buses. Like in a program dealing with France, I saw these cool heavy hauling trucks with space age looking cabs that had windows all around including in the lower parts of the doors and some were even set in front of the front wheels.
I spotted some real interesting looking small cars in shows about England, like a small thing that you got into by opening the entire front. It held maybe two people.
Then in Germany, I think, the cops have these enclosed motorcycles that are fast and when they go to stop, automatically extend landing struts! They also have a big car there that looks similar to your average big American car, but is quite different on the interior design and looks better, to me anyhow, on the exterior.
So, how come these cool vehicles are not available in America? I noticed a whole bunch of American and Japanese cars tootling around in the same shows, so these places got our stuff but we don’t have theirs.
The French were experimenting with a nifty little public transport car that was electric, you entered from the back, looked like something from Toys R Us and, outfitted with a regular small motor, would have made a great runabout over here.
You don’t see those small cars here with those motorcycle type engines that you spot buzzing around in Europe. I think most seem in Italy, though quite a few show up in England. When I was a kid, able to drive, some of these small imports were available and other kids bought them. Like a friend of mine had a Pugo ‘wagon’ that was tiny and came with an engine crank if the starter should fail. He loved it! The early VW bug was a great hit with young drivers. There were even a couple of aging Renaults lovingly driven around town by kids.
These things made great first cars because there was not much to the engines plus, they weren’t geared to blast off from the starting line. I recall one foreign car the size of a VW bug that had pop out turn signals!! They would lay flat against the car body until needed, then pop out, blinking when the turn indicator was hit.
Well, to me it seems all American and Japanese cars look the same – boring. I’d love to have some of these other cars and trucks available over here.
So, why don’t we?