Rust in peace: Talbot VF1
1980s / French / Rust in peace / Talbot

Rust in peace: Talbot VF1

A white piece of metal caught our eye in the woods while we were driving across the lower Alps last winter. We immediately turned around, parked and made our way across the forest as best we could. A couple of minutes later we found ourselves face-to-face with a Talbot VF1 hidden behind literally hundreds of … Continue reading

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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)
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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all … Continue reading

Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Abarth / Alfa Romeo / Alpina / AMC / American / British / Citroen / Czech / DAF / Dutch / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Land Rover / Mercedes Benz / Opel / Porsche / Renault / Russian / Saab / Skoda / Subaru / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)

Cutaways are a fascinating way to discover what lurks beneath the sheet metal of a car. Today, they are generally done with computer programs such as AutoCAD but they were painstakingly drawn by hand by highly-skilled artists for several decades. The best-known cutaway artist is arguably Haynes’ Terry Davey, the man responsible for the drawings … Continue reading

Botoxed in China: Citroën ZX
1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Chinese / Citroen / French

Botoxed in China: Citroën ZX

Eager to expand in China, PSA Peugeot-Citroën formed a joint-venture called Guangzhou Peugeot Automobile Company in 1985. The joint-venture assembled the 505 in China using complete knock-down (CKD) kits shipped from France, but the sedan failed to grab a significant share of the burgeoning Chinese market and buyers increasingly turned towards the Volkswagen Santana. In … Continue reading

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