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"As the rate of technological development speeds up, the gap between science fiction and what we’re living now is getting narrower all the time."
- Richard Morgan

Car Sound Tape  
  Otherwise silent vehicle uses a recorded engine sound.  

Pixel the kitten feels uncomfortable with the loud sounds made by a replica Model T. What to do?

Starting about 2150 or a little bit earlier... supreme swank for an Iowa farmer was to own and drive a working replica of a twentieth century "automobile" personal transport vehicle. Of course not a vehicle moved by means of internal explosions of a derivative of rock oil: Even the People's Republic of South Africa had laws against placing poisons in the air. But with its Shipstone concealed and a sound tape to supply the noise of a soi-disant "IC" engine, the difference between a working replica and a real "automobile" was not readily apparent.

This one was the swankiest of all replicas, a Tin Lizzy, a "Ford touring car, Model T, 1914."

"Need a lift, folks?" Uncle Jock asked. Up close the racket was horrible...

Uncle Jock reached down and switched off the sound effects. I said, "Thanks, Uncle. The noise was scaring our kitten..."

From The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Putnam in 1985
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Thanks to Rod for being almost right in his comment on an earlier story - What Should A Hybrid Sound Like?.

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