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Cars of tomorrow–today–are providing thrills galore to young and old alike on the fabulous mile long, miniature freeway system Walt Disney has created, the Autopia section of Disneyland at Anaheim, California.

The Autopia features a ride a mile in length in a specially designed fiberglass bodied roadster. The cars feature several hot rod-type features including the use of a 7 1/2 hp cycle engine with an automatic transmission and an automatic braking system.

Wanting a futuristic car that would be both safe and big enough for children or a child and a parent–or two adults–Disney’s engineer called in Johnny Hartman from nearby Montrose. Johnny is no newcomer to the game as he has been responsible for several successful track roadsters, street rods and special speed equipment for the reliable old Chevy 6. […]