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The Mid-Seventies American Vision for the Future of Taxis Relied on…Steam Propulsion?

Posted October 22, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Concept taxi

Not a single American auto manufacturer participated in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1976 exhibit dedicated to exploring the future of taxis. Conspicuous in its absence was Checker, the carmaker that had throughout its entire existence been synonymous with taxis and other utilitarian versions of the automobile. However, two upstart American companies did take part, and they both placed their bets on steam engines replacing internal combustion.

Steam may have last powered a production automobile in the early 1930s, but steam-powered automobiles saw a minor renaissance starting in the late Sixties following the creation of the California Air Resources Board. GM’s SE-101 and SE-124 experimental vehicles – a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle, respectively – might be the most well known steamers of that era, but others cropped up here and there.

A very retro-chic attempt at environmentalism.

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10/22/2019 2:12 PM

"Hot Air" propulsion...sounds suspiciously political

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