I’m presently reading the Ian Fleming James Bond novel “You Only LIve Twice” and found a car related trivia mistake. The story takes place in early 1960’s Japan. The car Bond is driving is first referred to as a “Toyopet”, later it is a “Topoyet”. Toyopet is the right name I think, later to be just “Toyota”. The other name is a typo. Not saying this is important or interesting fact, other than editing mistakes like this are pretty rare in widely sold popular books of the 1960’s. With this info, you might could win a bar bet at least.
You can search out the two versions of the car name if you like, here
And, while editing/proofreading is definitely much worse of late than it was in the '60s, the fact remains that there have always been editing/proofreading errors in books. As evidence of that, there is an edition of The Bible–published in the 1700s–that transforms The Parable of The Vineyard into “The Parable of the Vinegar”! However, there have been lots of other biblical misprints over a period of hundreds of years. Take a look at this:
And, to keep this on an automotive footing, as I mentioned in another recent post, one book that I read recently referred to the Hillman Minx as “a luxury car”. While not a typo, that misinformation reveals a colossal failure on the part of the author to do some research before writing.
And, in the book that I am currently reading (Fordlandia, the story of Henry Ford’s failed rubber plantations in Brazil), the author clearly doesn’t know the difference between a thread and a tread, as he repeatedly makes reference to Firestone’s “Non Skid tire thread”.
Even if the author was too dim to know the difference between a thread and a tread, the book’s editors should have understood the difference and should have corrected the recurring mistake.
…and when the actual owner of a vehicle is so misinformed, it can get even more problematic:
Circa 1967, I was hoofing it to the supermarket right after a very heavy snowstorm. As I walked, I encountered a woman with a new Toronado, and she was throwing traction grit underneath the rear wheels. Trying to be helpful, I politely told her that she should be putting that grit under the front wheels.
Well, apparently she didn’t like my advice, and she snarled at me, “The front wheels are turning just fine sonny. It’s the rear wheels that won’t move!”.
Road & Track actually tested this car and were very impressed; sort of a shrunken Jaguar E type. Unfortunately they stated you had to fit the car since it was built for small Asian framed drivers and the average US driver would have difficulty fitting in one.
I have read that about Tom Clancy. I drove my future ex wife nuts while watching movies at home. I would constantly point out errors in weapons, uniforms, and historical facts. One was the 1979 remake of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’. The “WW1” Germans were using WW2 British Enfield Mk IV rifles complete with the little “tent stake” bayonets. In Westerns I would point out that it was supposed to be 1881 and they were using model 1892 Winchesters. I can’t help it I have been studying military and other history since I began reading.