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Early Front-Wheel Drive Cars

Posted July 13, 2011 8:00 AM by dstrohl

Though the concept of front-wheel drive dates all the way back to the turn of the 20th century, particularly in electric taxicabs, it wasn't until the 1930s that it reached mass production in gasoline-powered passenger cars, and even then the mechanical benefits were in some cases not as important as the aesthetic benefits - no driveshaft running the length of the car meant an overall lower profile, which fit right in with stylists' efforts to make cars look longer and sleeker.

Cord and Ruxton employed front-wheel drive to such an effect in this era, though the Millers and Citro├źns that will also take part in Glenmoor's Front Wheel Drive class will showcase the more practical aspects of the layout. Aside from early front-drivers, this year's Glenmoor Gathering will also feature the cars of Dutch Darrin, 16-cylinder automobiles and a special display of British motorcycles.

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