Mr. Toad’s Shiny New Motorcar draws its inspiration from an early case of auto theft, as related in The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame. In the story, Mr. Toad is sitting in the coffee-room at an inn and hears the familiar “poop-poop” of a motorcar driving up. By now, he has already smashed seven motorcars and has just escaped from his friends who were detaining him to prevent him from buying another. Next, slipping outside the inn to inspect the glorious motorcar, he says to himself, “There cannot be any harm in my only just looking at it!” Then, “I wonder if this sort of car starts easily?” Soon the amphibian is behind the wheel, delirious with power and speed, recklessly hurtling down the road . . .
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