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Jan062008

GM's Shopping Cart Car (1964)


Today we have a color photograph of the GM concept car we looked at back in August. The three-wheeled car was on display at the 1964 New York World's Fair and had a shopping cart which was detached directly from the rear of the car.

The color version of this photo is featured in the excellent book Exit to Tomorrow: World's Fair Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933-2005.

See also:
GM's Three-Wheeled Runabout (1966)
Automobiles of the Future (1966)
GM Car of the Future (1962)
Sports Car of Tomorrow (1966)
Transportation Exhibits at the New York World's Fair (1964)
To The Fair! (1965)
Amateur Photos of NY World's Fair (1965)

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Reader Comments (12)

Thanks for the pic. I wouldn't mind having one of these cars now. They look pretty cool. I don't think I want to haul the shopping cart around, though.

January 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEcommerce Wiz

It looks very nice. At least the designers were trying and thinking.

The usual result from combining functions is that each device reduces the utility of the other. And so neither works well. Classic examples are boat-cars and car-airplanes; never working well as a car or a boat or an airplane.

In this case we see a compromised shopping cart design which also reduces the utility of the car when it is in place. And the driver, presumably a housewife in those days, isn't going to like attaching and detaching and cleaning the cart.

January 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When you removed the cart, what filled the hole in your car?

I don't think GM ever published a photo of the car's rear, so this question may remain unanswered...

January 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGromit

It looks more like the cart is a custom-designed removable trunk liner. It probably goes completely inside the car. Note that the bottom of the cart is higher than the bottom of the car. The wheels would have folded up, sort of like a medical gurney in an ambulance.

January 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandyross

I have a book about the history of cars. This one was actually in it, a real photograph.

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I feel I should try to convert my used trucks into a flying vehicles. I think this thing can become a reality after watching futuristic movies. Well lets see which automotive company will launch this vehicle first.

December 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterused trucks

I’m impressed with what is there in GM's Shoping Cart, i think i will show this to my parents to replace my Second Hand Cars

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Harris

I love the new concept cars that are going to hit the market around 2015 or 2016, they can practically fly.


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March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClive

"Three wheels, made for the comfort of losing control of it and crashing in the highway, with shopping carts included for nicer disasters".

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November 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Heller

The idea is quite great but right now people usually buy most of the thing from the internet that I makes pointless to use it. Also another thing that it has to take under account. it is that most of the parking lot are quite big so people has to take the cart all the way to the super market. Right now everything is on-line even viagra online

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdan

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