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Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

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Giving my etymological chassis a workout

I was surprised to see "chassis" used here in plural form. At first I thought it was a mistake or a typo, but I looked it up and learned something:

"This is one of those unusual words where the singular and plural are spelled exactly the same but pronounced differently. (We can blame the French.)

The singular form is pronounced chassy - This car chassis can be built up into several different models.

The plural is pronounced chasseez - all the chassis on these four cars are built in a unibody for stability and quiet."

(Credit: Bob Becksted via Quora)

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