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1999 A.D. House of Tomorrow Short Film
Ever wonder what people of the past thought the future was going to be like? If so, then you might want to watch “1999 A.D.”, a short film released in 1967 by the Philco-Ford Corporation to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. The house of tomorrow that you’re about to see is filled with consumer technologies that aim to make daily life more comfortable and convenient, complete with lots of displays. Read more for the video.

Nintendo Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that was released in Japan on October 23, 1988, North America on February 12, 1990 and Europe on August 29, 1991. Arguably one of the greatest video games of all time, it was created by the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development team, led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. Read more for a fascinating 45-minute look back at this incredible game.

DeLorean DMC-12 Barn Find
Originally manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) for the American market from model years 1981 through 1983, the DMC-12 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and best known for its gull-wing doors, brushed stainless-steel outer body panels, as well as an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis. This particular example has been stuck in a barn for over 32-years. Read more for a video and additional information.

Nintendo PlayStation Prototype
Photo credit: Hertiage Auctions
The Super NES CD-ROM platform was developed in a partnership between Nintendo and Sony. It was planned to be launched as both an add-on for the standard SNES, as well as a hybrid console by Sony called “Nintendo PlayStation”. Heritage Auctions has one of these ultra rare prototypes and will auction it off beginning on February 27, 2020 without a reserve price. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Vector W8
Never heard of the Vector W8? It’s only the craziest supercar as of yet, manufactured between 1989-1993, and inspired by the Alfa Romeo Carabo, which had a futuristic aerodynamic design. This supercar basically merged the design characteristics of the Carabo with technologies and geometry from fighter jets of the era, while utilizing the most advanced aerospace materials. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Elon Musk James Bond Lotus Espirit Submarine
Back in 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk purchased Wet Nellie, the Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, for a whopping $997,000. What you may not know is that initially a couple from Long Island, New York attended a blind auction in 1989 where they paid around $100 for an unclaimed storage unit. Inside that storage unit was this Lotus Esprit used in The Spy Who Loved Me. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Steve Jobs Signed Floppy Disk
Photo credit: RR Auction via Apple Insider
If you’ve never used a computer equipped with a floppy disk drive, it basically refers to disk storage composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic enclosure lined with fabric that removes dust particles. Boston’s RR Auction has a Macintosh System Tools version 6.0 disk signed by Steve Jobs in black felt tip pen currently up for bidding. This “fine” condition specimen is currently at $5,060 with the next bid at $5,566. Read more for a video of Steve Wozniak on floppy disks and additional information.

Honda Accord Wagon
Photo credit: Gold Coast Motors via Car Scoops
In early 1990, Honda unveiled the 1991 Accord wagon, manufactured at the Marysville, Ohio plant, who also exported right-hand drive wagons and coupes to Europe / Japan. However, in Europe, the station wagon was called the “Aerodeck”. These vehicles were available from November 1990, only in LX and EX trim in North America or just 2.2i in Japan. One pristine condition example was recently discovered with just 33,726-miles in Naperville, Illinois at Gold Coast Motors. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

SEGA Dreamcast 20th Anniversary
The SEGA Dreamcast was officially released on September 9, 1999 in North America, and was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. Unfortunately, it was also SEGA’s final home console, marking the end of the company’s 18 illustrious years in making game consoles. Many considered it ahead of its time when SEGA discontinued it on March 31, 2001 after selling 9.13 million Dreamcast units worldwide. Read more for a video and additional information.

Apple iMac Anniversary
The original Apple iMac G3 was introduced by Steve Jobs on August 15th, 1998 and it stood out because of its unique egg-shaped look, with a CRT monitor that was enclosed in a Bondi Blue colored translucent plastic case. The slot-loaded optical drive was innovative for its time, as many computers still had the front-loading version, and there was also no floppy drive in sight. Later, it was offered in a total of thirteen different colors, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Lime and more. Read more for two videos and additional information.