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  •  apples and oranges (10+ / 0-)

    there are too many differences to compare a modern car with a car from the early 20th century.  Curb weight, overall performance (Model T's didn't go 70 mph), road conditions all enter into mpg. When you drive a car slower it gets better mpg.  Model Ts didn't go very fast.  Maybe 40 mph on a good road and they weren't easy to find back in 1908.

    Even then, with a curb weight of 1200 lbs as compared to a Buick Encore of 3200 lbs, Model Ts only got around 16 to 25 mpg, while that Encore gets 23-33 mpg. The Encore will go 70 mph while the T could only dream of that speed.    

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    by dougymi on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 08:16:34 AM PDT

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    •  ...this is true, but folks didn't drive... (8+ / 0-)

      ...very far at the turn of the 20th century either. Road trips were something only the most daring would try to do...

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      by paradise50 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 08:43:02 AM PDT

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      •  absolutely. (5+ / 0-)

        of course, road conditions and availability had something to do with that too.  I complain about dirt roads now, but back then today's dirt road would have seemed like the autobahn in comparison. Most of the roads outside cities were rut filled horse or wagon trails. Much like I75 outside Detroit today  :).  

        Colorado must have been VERY interesting for roads back then.

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        by dougymi on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 09:01:43 AM PDT

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      •  Heh, I remember when living in my first apartment (3+ / 0-)
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        in the 60's and a neighbor's aunt, a native of New York City, came to visit and we were talking around the pool about an upcoming drive to San Francisco (less than 3 hours from the central valley). Not used to those distances, the aunt's response was "We'd plan a trip like that for days -- if not weeks -- in advance!"

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        by LinSea on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:15:34 AM PDT

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      •  My grandparents made the newspaper (3+ / 0-)
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        for driving from Stockton to San Diego, with a side trip to Tijuana. I have a clipping somewhere. Only two flat tires! It was 1911.

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        by underTheRadar on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:36:38 AM PDT

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        •  ...in the 1920's, my grandma... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...by way of second marriage to granddad (I never knew my biological grandma, she'd passed away before I was born)...drove with another women from Colorado to Southern California. That was considered to be just totally wild and crazy. They made it all the way...only three flats...

          Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

          by paradise50 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 02:47:50 PM PDT

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