Hop in, Blog Reader, and we'll go for a jolly ride! Down the open road, over the dusty high-way, and through every hammy hamlet by the sea, disobeying signs and cops, taking every wrong turn, and all the while merrily, merrily text messaging. Wheeeee!
There's no better way to traverse the "roads perpendicular" than in this sporty little conveyance right here. Why some guys would hand over their entire estate to a flock of weasels for one.
Toady's "hot looking car" in the film "The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad" is comparatively different from the attraction vehicles down at Disneyland, as you can see in this 1940s animation model sheet.
The cartoon motorcar's design includes the parts and pieces of an authentic 1906 Autocar Roadster:
For Mr. Toad's wild little dark ride down at Disneyland, designer Bruce Bushman combined the rich luxury of the Roadster with the charm and floating fenders of a 1904 Glide:
And as Cyril Proudbottom would say, "Lumme Guvnor, it's a motorcar!"
The twelve original Disneyland Toad Cars were hand-made of sheet metal and fiberglass by Arrow Development and for the first few years, the cars had no built-in safety bar.
By 1961, bars were added to ensure that wilder riders
remained in those cushy upholstered seats at all times.
"Pull down on the lap bar, please."
Now hold on and give your steering wheel a spin, as we bang through the doorways of Toad Hall and out to the English countryside. Tally Ho, and keep off the train tracks.