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Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's

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  • [Fun] Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's


    It's not often I get to report on interesting Disney news from Tennessee so I was very surprised to stumble across this little gem.

    This car is owned by a man that sells and services golf carts. He claims that the body is from the Disneyland Autopia somewhere between the years of late 1950's or early 1960's.


    Modified dashboard with stereo.



    Side view comparing its size with real cars.



    Look no engine!

    It is currently mounted on a golf cart frame and is now all electric. Looks like a lot of fun!

    Sorry guys, it is not for sale.

    Questions:

    I can only report what I am told. I am wondering if any Mice Chatters might have an opinion - does this look authentic? Any comments about this car style or years it operated?

    ~JBodine







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    Re: Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's

    It looks similar to Autopia chassis in use in that era. But without provenance and definite proof it came from Disneyland, it's just a ratty fiberglass shell. There have been hundreds if not thousands of Autopia-style driving courses all over the country, it probably came from one of those. The chance it came from Disneyland is slim at best.

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      Re: Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's

      I would say NO...
      I have been driving minature cars on the Disneyland property for more than 60 years.

      It is similar to an Autopia car, but is different than what can be found in old pictures of 50 & 60's cars. By 69 they were completly different.

      Here I am in the 1955 - early 60's car.


      Here is a late 60's car that is similar.
      Last edited by Disneyland 1951; 03-03-2011, 04:32 PM.

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        Re: Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's

        There are 8 Autopia car designs

        1955 to 1958 ... they went through Mark I, II, III, and IV .. basically the same thing
        http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_LS9FUwupaP...ey+Autopia.jpg

        1959 through 1963 ... the Mark Vs -
        http://retardzone.com/uploads/2008/1.../autopia-d.jpg

        1964 - 1968 ... the Mark VIs -
        http://www.davelandweb.com/autopia/p...65_R_N21G2.jpg
        http://gorillasdontblog.blogspot.com...mber-1964.html

        (1964 was also when the guide rail down the center of the lane was first installed)

        1968 - to 2000 ... the Mark VIIs
        http://adaywithba.com/2007/Photos/Mar/BABA2crop.jpg

        2000 - present ... today's Mark VIIIs .......
        http://www.laughingplace.com/files/stories/autopia.JPG

        That car above closely resembles the Mark VI .. but I have a feeling .. it's a just a look-a-like Mark VI, and not from Disneyland.
        Last edited by Tomorrowland_1967; 03-03-2011, 06:30 PM.
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        Dear Peoplemover Fans, If you want to see a new attraction that at least mimics the 1967 Peoplemover in a future Tomorrowland remodel, you need to write to the powers-that-be, and let them know. If you don't - Then the next time Tomorrowland is remodeled, you will see a land barren of any "Peoplemover" type attraction.

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          Re: Found: Autopia Car from late 1950's or early 1960's

          OK, I'm going to have to agree. This does not look like any of the Disneyland Autopia models of the past. I'll just say that somebody had a good story to tell him when he bought it and he has a good story to tell his friends.

          Oh well...

          PS - They really have a thing about calling everything Mark. When the Mark Twain was built what did they do with the Mark One?






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