Sunday, August 18, 2013

F-150 Korean Style

Despite South Korea’s reputation as a technologically advanced people, it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of the past.  

This is the American version of the handyman’s pickup truck.  Space carries a premium in Seoul, and this go-go gadget Motruck is outfitted with all the essentials in a tiny but easy-to-navigate and park vehicle.  I doubt this half truck/half motorcycle would be street legal in any American state – but it should be. 

Consumers would benefit if transportation departments allowed such Sanford & Son contraptions on the roads.  The savings owners reaped from procuring and operating small, cheap, and easy-to-park vehicles would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower prices.  It also affords would-be repairmen a relatively cheap entry into the business.

However, don’t look for one of these anytime soon.  A slew of federal safety regulations all but prohibit such a conveyance.  The lack of a seat belt, functional windshield wipers, and airbag are enough to keep the Motruck sidelined in the USA.  Nevertheless, its popularity and legality in Seoul is a win for anyone who needs a quick and affordable repair.

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