Topical advertising: Under the hood
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / Audi / Austin / BMW / British / Citroen / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Mercedes-Benz / Nissan / Opel / Renault / Subaru / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Topical advertising: Under the hood

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. … Continue reading

Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1980s / Alfa Romeo / American / Aston Martin / Audi / Bitter / British / DeLorean / Electric / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / Irish / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lamborghini / Land Rover / Lotus / Maserati / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Merkur / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rolls-Royce / Sterling / Subaru / Swedish / TVR / Vespa / Volkswagen / Volvo / Yugo / Yugoslavian

Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. … Continue reading

25 years ago: Audi introduces TDI turbodiesel engine
1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Audi / German / Volkswagen

25 years ago: Audi introduces TDI turbodiesel engine

Audi is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel-burning engine. The TDI mill was introduced to the public under the hood of the Audi 100 (pictured) at the 1989 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi was not the first manufacturer to offer a direct-injected turbodiesel engine – that honor goes … 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

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: Convertibles
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Topical advertising: Convertibles

Spring has arrived throughout most of the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to stash away your winter beater and pull out the nice-weather car you’ve been keeping under a tarp in your garage for months. What better way to enjoy the mild weather than with a convertible? Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: White
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Color-coded advertising: White

For decades, plain white was the de facto cheap paint job for just about any car regardless of size and body style. It often took the form of a plain coat of paint with no metallic effect and, in a lot of cases, no clearcoat in order to keep the overall cost of the car … Continue reading

A look at the 1973 Audi-based Karmann Asso di Picche concept
1970s / Audi / German / Italdesign Giugiaro / Italian / Karmann

A look at the 1973 Audi-based Karmann Asso di Picche concept

Italdesign Giugiaro presented an Audi 80-based concept car called Asso di Picche at the 1973 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Commissioned and built by German coachbuilder Karmann, the Asso di Picche (a name that means “ace of spades” in Italian) was the first installment in a series of three experimental coupes designed to possibly … Continue reading

Walking through nine decades of Le Mans racers
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Walking through nine decades of Le Mans racers

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (AOC) quietly displayed twenty-one influential Le Mans racers built over the last nine decades on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. Located on the bottom floor of the Palexpo Convention Center, the display aims to showcase how the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the cars that compete in … Continue reading

Topical advertising: On the inside
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Topical advertising: On the inside

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