Rust in peace: Renault Juvaquatre
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Rust in peace: Renault Juvaquatre

We caught a glimpse of the 1950s Renault Juvaquatre pictured below on our way back from our visit to the Peugeot museum in Sochaux, France, last March. Intrigued by the sight of half a car sticking up from the ground, we turned around, parked and walked over to get a closer look. Our eyes didn’t … Continue reading

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Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Australian / Citroen / Dacia / DAF / Dutch / East German / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Goggomobil / Italian / Mercedes Benz / Peugeot / Renault / Romanian / Talbot / Volkswagen / Wartburg

Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)

Car-based vans have been incredibly popular in Europe and abroad since the end of World War II. Generally cheaper to buy, register and insure than larger commercial vehicles, these city-friendly vans and pickup trucks have been widely used as delivery vehicles, work mules and passenger haulers over the past couple of decades. Almost every automaker … Continue reading

30 years ago: Renault introduces the Espace
1980s / 1990s / French / Renault

30 years ago: Renault introduces the Espace

Renault is celebrating the 30th birthday of the Espace, a model often hailed as Europe’s first modern minivan. The Espace joined the Renault lineup only after Matra failed to convince long-time industrial partner PSA Peugeot-Citroën to build the van in the early 1980s. The Espace traces its roots back to a project launched by Matra CEO Philippe Guédon in … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Abarth / Alpine / American / BMW / British / Chevrolet / Czech / Fiat / French / German / Hillman / Hino / Italian / Japanese / Mazda / NSU / Porsche / Renault / Russian / SEAT / Simca / Skoda / Spanish / Subaru / Tatra / Volkswagen / ZAZ

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading

A collection of vintage dealer stickers
Peugeot / 1980s / Italian / 1970s / German / Mercedes Benz / Renault / French / Fiat / 1960s / Volkswagen / Porsche / 1990s / Japanese / Autobianchi / Lancia / American / AMC / Datsun / Mazda / Chevrolet / Jeep / Rover

A collection of vintage dealer stickers

Memorabilia from car dealerships often reveals fascinating facts about automotive history. Take stickers on the back of cars, for example. Not only are they essentially tamper-proof seals that help decipher a car’s origins, they are reminders of days gone by that often display logos of brands that have been dead for decades. Sometimes the address … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Australian / British / Citroen / Czech / Dacia / Datsun / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Holden / Honda / Innocenti / Italian / Japanese / Kia / Land Rover / Lotus / Mazda / Nissan / Oltcit / Peugeot / Premiere / Renault / Romanian / Saviem / Skoda / South Korean / Suzuki / Toyota / Triumph / Volkswagen

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering

Badge-engineering is one of the best ways to illustrate the microeconomics concept of economies of scale. Simply put, the average cost of each unit goes down as quantity goes up. Selling the rights to a car or even to a component like a chassis or an engine can save automakers a substantial amount money in … Continue reading