Automotive Innovation
Walter Chrysler wanted to produce "the ideal car for the American driver."  The first Chrysler roadster appeared in 1924, and was a marvel of automotive engineering.  In 1928, the first Plymouth, "an outstanding new make in the low price field,"  rolled off the assembly line. Standard equipment included "four wheel hydraulic brakes, full pressure engine lubrication, aluminum alloy pistons, and an independent hand brake." 
(I realize that auto dealer "hype" barely qualifies as non-fiction!)

 See these cars! (large graphics files).

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