What Was the Final US-Market Car to Get a 3-Speed Automatic Transmission?

Now that we’re up to ten forward speeds in ordinary street automatic transmissions, the idea of a three-speed automatic seems amusingly antiquated. The good old three-speed slushbox was a mainstay of the transmission world for many decades, however (the photo above shows me about to load a three-speed, junkyard-harvested GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 into my Honda CRX, circa 1998), and it remained an option for car shoppers here until our current century.

a man sitting in a car posing for the camera: In the thick of a gear-count arms race, it's hard to imagine a mere three forward speeds.

© Murilee Martin
In the thick of a gear-count arms race, it’s hard to imagine a mere three forward speeds.

a graffiti covered wall: Junkyard transmission photographed with vintage film camera

© Murilee Martin
Junkyard transmission photographed with vintage film camera

The very first truly successful automatic car transmission actually had four forward speeds, becoming available starting with the 1940 Oldsmobile. The original Hydramatic proved very reliable, and still shines on a road-racing course today. GM also scored a smash hit with the two-speed Powerglide automatic during the 1950s

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More than 1 in 3 new car buyers now choose automatic


US party shooting is ‘tragedy of epic proportions’, says police chief

SHOTLIST ROCHESTER, STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATESSEPTEMBER 19, 2020SOURCE: GEOFFERY ROGERS/ GSL SHOW 1. Wide shot police cordon2. Tracking shot police at the scene 3. SOUNDBITE 1 – Mark Simmons, interim chief of the Rochester Police Department (27 sec): “This is yet another tragedy where individuals are having these illegal, unsanctioned house parties taking place in these properties which number 1 is not safe because of Covid, because of conditions, then you add in alcohol and violence and it just becomes a recipe for disaster. I urge anyone who has any information to please contact the Rochester police department. ” 4. Wide shot residents in the street ///———————————————————–AFP TEXT STORY: Two killed, 14 wounded in shooting at US party: policeWashington, Sept 19, 2020 (AFP) – Two people were killed and 14 wounded early Saturday in a

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Car Washing: Hand Washing Versus Automatic

The option to use the traditional method of a hand wash service or the latest automatic machine is based on the personal preference of the car owner. While the hand wash has the potential to give the most gleaming look, the alternative method is certain to be a lot quicker. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the different car washing options:

Hand wash

Giving the car a regular hand wash is the most traditional method. Even though it is slower than the automatic alternative, it does have its many plus points, as well as a few downsides.


High-quality and customized – a hand wash has the potential to give the best all-round cleaning performance. A regular hand wash can easily be customized to include other cleaning strategies. With actual hands on contact with the car, it is possible to use extra cleaning techniques like waxing … Read More

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