Land Rover explains the Defender’s origins with kilometer-wide drawing on a British beach
1940s / 2010s / British / Land Rover

Land Rover explains the Defender’s origins with kilometer-wide drawing on a British beach

Maurice Wilks, Rover’s managing director in the 1940s, sketched a rough drawing of what would become the Land Rover Series I into the sand to show his idea to his brother Spencer. Continue reading

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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)

Automakers commonly bring historic models from their own collection to media events in an attempt to create a link between the past and the present. Sometimes the connection between the two cars on display is evident, sometimes it’s a little more heavy-handed. A photographer generally shoots the old car next to the new one but … Continue reading

80 years ago: Citroën introduces the Traction Avant
1930s / 1940s / 1950s / Citroen / French

80 years ago: Citroën introduces the Traction Avant

Citroën is celebrating the 80th birthday of the Traction Avant, its first regular-production front-wheel drive car. The numerous versions of the Traction Avant were a common sight on French roads for over two decades and gradually set the course that all of the company’s flagship sedans would follow for decades to come. Owning a car … Continue reading