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Topical advertising: Under the hood (part two)

A well-trained eye can generally tell where a car is from by simply looking under the hood. For example, a lot of French cars built in the 1960s and 1970s had the spare tire mounted under the hood, and Italian valve covers are often art-like components crafted with an impressive amount of attention to detail.

We’ve compiled a collection of pictures of vintage engine bays. What engine bay has stood out to you in the past?

Alfa Romeo 33
alfa-romeo-33-engine-bay-1

Alfa Romeo 90
alfa-romeo-90-engine-bay-1

Audi 100 (C3)
audi-100-turbo-engine-bay-1

Audi 100 (C4)
audi-100-c4-engine-bay-1

BMW 316 (e21)
bmw-316-e21-engine-bay-1

BMW 750 (e32)
bmw-750-il-e32-1

Chevrolet Electrovair II concept
chevrolet-electrovair-II-concept-1

Citroën Ami 8
citroen-ami-8-engine-bay-1

Datsun Bluebird
datsun-bluebird-engine-bay-1

Datsun pickup
datsun-pickup-engine-bay-1

Fiat Croma Turbo ie
fiat-croma-turbo-ie-engine-bay-1

Ford Sierra XR4i
ford-sierra-xr4i-engine-bay-1

Honda Civic (mk1)
honda-civic-mk1-engine-bay-1

Lada Niva
lada-niva-engine-bay-1

Mercedes-Benz 280 (w114)
mercedes-benz-280e-engine-bay-1

Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 (w201)
mercedes-benz-190e-2.6-1

Renault 5 GT Turbo
renault-5-gt-turbo-engine-bay-1

Renault 25 Baccara
renault-25-baccara-engine-bay-1

Saab 92 (prototype)
saab-92-prototype-engine-bay-1

Saab 9000 CD
saab-9000-cd-engine-bay-1

Toyota Corolla (E70)
toyota-corolla-e70-engine-bay-21

Volkswagen Golf GTI (mk2)
volkswagen-golf-gti-16v-engine-bay-1

Volkswagen Santana
volkswagen-santana-engine-bay-1

Volvo 850 R
volvo-850-r-engine-bay-1

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7 thoughts on “Topical advertising: Under the hood (part two)

  1. Quite a few years ago, Auto, Motor und Sport tested a variety of spare tires and found that they all failed. Unless they’re aggressively rotated, any spare tire is just good enough to get you home, not to be used as a regular tire.

    My thought is that “dirty stuff goes with dirty stuff”. Seeing someone beside the road with all the family belongings strewn about in the rain so that the spare tire could be excavated from the depths of the boot helps me to understand why manufacturers would choose to stow the spare somewhere else.

    Of course such manufacturers as Renault, Tatra, Panhard, Bristol and others have gone one step further and put the spare in its own compartment.

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