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Before Their Time: 'Streamline' Pioneer was a Big Joke

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Before Their Time: 'Streamline' Pioneer was a Big Joke. Walter Baker, a 33-year-old engineer, made a streamlined car as early as 1902. The batter-driven 'Baker Torpedo' had its first test at Staten Island track, New York. It reached a speed of 78 m.p.h., beating the world record by 12 m.p.h.

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