March 23 2008

376.59 Miles Per Gallon Car Sets World Record (in 1973)

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How about a 1959 Opel T-1?

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Yup. That date isn't a type-o. The specially modified Opel broke the world record for gas mileage back in 1973 with a blistering 376.39 mpg performance! Now... you wouldn't mistake the car for a luxury sedan. There's only one hard plastic seat without seatbelts, no trunk, no car radio, no air conditioning and well... no doors.

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Still... 376.39 miles per gallon! In 1973!

While admittedly, the mileage record was broken driving a steady 30 miles per hour on a closed course, you have to wonder why some automakers struggle today to hit a 27.5 mpg average fuel economy standard when the technology existed back in 1973 to do so much better.

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