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January 1950 Review of the Jeepster and Station Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Tom McCahill reviews the reviewed the Jeepster and Station Wagon in the January 1950 issue of Mechanic Illustrated . He liked the new four-wheel-drive wagon, but was less a fan of the Jeepster.

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3 Comments on “January 1950 Review of the Jeepster and Station Wagon

  1. neal jung

    I USED TO READ TOMS STUFF BACK IN THE DAY == THAT JEEPSTER HAS NO STEPS ?? — I HAVE SEEN EARLY 1950 JEEPSTERS ( FLATFRONT ) WITH NO TRIM — WILLYS SAW THAT THEY WERE LOSING MONEY ON THEM AND STARTED DELETING STUFF — OF COURSE IN APRIL 1950 , THE NEW BODY STYLE CAME OUT ( WITH NO STEPS )

  2. Denny Napier

    For those who don’t remember Tom McCahill, he was the first person to conduct automotive road tests as we know them today. His first write-up in Mechanix Illustrated was a test of the ’46 Ford. At that time the auto makers were selling all the cars they could produce and weren’t interested in some magazine guy thrashing their product and reporting on any shortcomings. “Uncle Tom” had to resort to outright deception to get hold of a car to test. He would pose as a photographer and get the vehicle out of sight of the company reps (at a proving ground), then proceed to thrash it. But in time his write-ups proved so popular that most automakers were willing to offer up their latest creations for testing.
    McCahill is also credited with originating the zero-to-sixty acceleration test which is still the performance standard used most often today.

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