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Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars

Cold start radiator cover
Catalog #: 329,286, Accession #: 281,784
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection

This radiator cover, manufactured for late-1920s Packard cars, kept the engine warmer in winter.

Physical Description
artifact. 23 3/8" H x 20 1/2" W x 2 1/2" D
Date Made:
about 1928
Gift of Don H. Berkebile

Many people thought that cars, as the dealer sold them, were inefficient or lacked much-needed accessories. Model T owners sent the Ford Motor Company ideas for improvements, and hundreds of mail-order gadgets and attachments allowed owners to upgrade the Model T or make it work better. Inventors fashioned devices that claimed to make cars safer, more fuel-efficient, or easier to use. Some of these devices later became standard features on cars. Others remained popular add-on items, and still others failed to catch on.

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