1929 Essex 'The Challenger' Boattail Speedabout by Biddle & Smart for sale at RM Sotheby's Hershey
I had a '57 Dodge with a push button automatic on the dash. You pushed the N (neutral) on the gear selector panel to start itSpeaking of old autos, I remember one of those small magazines, either Popular Mechanics, or Mechanics Illustrated, had a photo-story about how to start various makes of autos of the period. It was done as sort of a photo-quiz, with a photo of the instrument panel/ steering wheel area. Starting was by either a button on the floor, near the hi-beam (remember those?) button; another was a bellows encased button just above the accelerator; another was a push button on the dash. And the Nash by lifting up on the gear selector mounted on the steering column.
Older Nash autos had a steel bar extending from the clutch pedal. Pressing on the clutch automatically guaranteed starting with the car being "out of gear."
Typical Brit company died and reborn many times. - Mini - Austin Mini, Morris Mini, Leland Mini, Rover Mini , BMW Mini (yes they built the little ones too.Jowett, Triumph cars, Austin Healey, Austin Cars, Mini Cooper (not the BMW Mini), Jensen, DeLorean just to name a few English cars.
Wasn't it Claude Akins who made the Pontiac Gran Am famous with his Cannonball movies? And being chased all over the South by Jackie Gleason?
1929 Essex 'The Challenger' Boattail Speedabout by Biddle & Smart for sale at RM Sotheby's Hersheyrmsothebys.com