5 Strange and Spooky Automotive Urban Legends
Urban legends and autos go together like red Ferraris and speeding tickets. Just in time for October, here’s a look at five strange and spooky pop culture automotive myths.
The 100 MPG Carburetor
Details vary, but this is the basic story. An unnamed mechanical genius has discovered an easy way to make every car get at least 100 mpg. Unfortunately, the oil companies heard about the guy before he could make the news public. His current whereabouts are unknown, but it’s assumed that he and Jimmy Hoffa are now close neighbors.
The $1.00 Corvette
One day a young man is flipping through the want ads, looking for a good deal on an old vehicle. His eyes grow wide as the sees a notice that reads, “USED CAR IN GOOD CONDITION. FIRST $1.00 GETS IT.”
Skeptical yet intrigued, he calls the number. A woman answers, verifies the ad, and gives the teen her address. Later that day she leads him to her garage. The guy nearly faints when he sees what she’s selling: a rare vintage Corvette in mint condition!
The lady explains that she won the ‘vette in her divorce settlement and is selling it for a buck purely out of spite. Amazed, the kid hands her a dollar bill and drives off in the deal of a lifetime.
The Perilous Picnic
This story is well-known in mountainous regions of the country, where emergency exit ramps for trucks with failing brakes are common sites. A vacationing family from out of town spots ones of the ramps. Not knowing its purpose, they decide it’s a lovely place for a quick picnic.