Remember The Chevy Vega? This Is How It Used To Be Shipped.
For years, 18 autos loaded on a tri-level railcar was the standard way of shipping. Then the 1971 Chevy Vega showed up. Southern Pacific & General Motors collaborated on the design of the "Vert-a-Pac" railroad car, able to carry 30 Vegas each.
4 underside sockets held each car in place, while engine & transmission mounts were protected by plastic spacers.
"Vibration and low-speed crash tests ensured the cars would not shift or suffer damage in transit. The Vega was delivered topped with fluids, ready to drive to dealerships, so the engine was baffled to prevent oil entering the number one cylinder; the battery filler caps high on the rear edge of the casing prevented acid spills; a tube drained fuel from carburetor to vapor canister; and the windshield washer bottle stood at 45 degrees."
Bottom line? The Vega may not have stacked up well in consumer opinion, but it traveled in a novel way.