Although the good people of Prague were loathe to give-up without a struggle, in truth the idea of push-starting the city’s ageing tram fleet was, to say the least, a bit of a non-starter.
For areas with a limited cellular service, the “inflatable roadside assistance” module proved to be a great success, with a “stop-to-help” ratio amongst passing truckers of almost 90%.
The development of the so-called “spa car” in California looked promising in the initial focus group sessions and in September 1967 a number of prototypes were produced for testing customer feedback in other states around the US; unfortunately, due to delays in the project’s administration, the initial models were not delivered to selected dealerships until January 1968. The resulting feedback, combined with a class legal action from frostbite suffered in Alaska caused the entire idea to be shelved before the end of the month.
In retrospect the decision to open the new parking facility a few days early, along with original decision to site it over the opening to the abandoned mine shaft, did give rise to some issues with the quality of the materials used for the substrate.
To be honest Porsche’s early attempts at an all-terrain vehicle weren’t without a few teething problems, and after the commercial failure of the Mk3 (pictured above) the company decided to go with the more traditional SUV approach adopted by its competitors.