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Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car. This car holds the world's endurance non-stop record across the US, round trip 6,320 miles September 20th-27th, 1952. Three men drove in 5-hour shifts, refueling at airfields on the run from a moving gas truck at Kansas City, Missouri: Camden, NJ and Omaha, NB. Then a Non-Stop goodwill tour - Anchorage, Alaska to Mexico City, Mexico August 10-18, 1954 - 7,482 miles.
  • This car refills it's radiator and changes oil on the run, automatically.
  • Axels are drilled to inflate the tires while turning.
  • Engine bearings, tires, brakes and hydramatic are automatically cooled.
  • It has an automatic catwalk for refueling.
  • Cockpit features dual access coils, condensers, generators and four fuel pumps.
  • Equipment includes nation-wide telephone, shower and drinking fountain.
  • Car weighs 8,500 pounds and holds 50 gallons of water.
  • Trailer holds 230 gallons of gas, 15 gallons of oil and 30 gallons of water.
  • Hydraulic jacks allow tires to be changed while the car is moving.
  • It took 7 years to build and cost $75,000. This project was just a hobby. There was no sponsorship. This car has been enjoyed worldwide and recognized in many newspapers, magazines and on TV.
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