Automatic Accelerator Control Kit, circa 1950

Summary

This aftermarket device, which used a ratchet mechanism to clamp down a car's accelerator pedal, was a primitive version of cruise control. The device simply held the gas pedal in one position, rather than holding the car at one speed like true cruise control. The mechanism interlocked with the brake pedal and released the ratchet whenever the brake was pressed.

This aftermarket device, which used a ratchet mechanism to clamp down a car's accelerator pedal, was a primitive version of cruise control. The device simply held the gas pedal in one position, rather than holding the car at one speed like true cruise control. The mechanism interlocked with the brake pedal and released the ratchet whenever the brake was pressed.

Artifact

Kit (Set)

Date Made

circa 1950

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.14.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Cardboard

Color

Silver (Color)
White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 1.625 in

Width: 5.5 in

Length: 3.25 in

Inscriptions

On side of lid of box: AUTOMATIC/ ACCELERATOR/ CONTROL/ Pat. No. 2312031 Others Pending/ Monroe, Michigan On top of lid of box: Fits all cars ex-/cept for Buick and/ Cadillac, owners/ of those cars ex-/change for larger/ clamp./ GUARANTEED FOR 50,000 MILES On side of lid of box: HOLDS GAS PEDAL AT ANY SPEED DESIRED. /NO MORE TIRED OR BURNING FOOT /FROM PUSHING ON THE GAS PEDAL

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