Topical advertising: Snow
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Topical advertising: Snow

It’s officially winter time in the northern hemisphere.  Ski stations are gearing up for their busiest seasons, holiday preparations are in full swing and annoyed commuters are getting ready to fire up the snow blower. What vintage car would you rather drive through the snow?  What one would you trust the least? Continue reading

Topical advertising: Taxi!
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Alfa Romeo / AMC / American / British / Chevrolet / Fiat / GAZ / German / Italian / Japanese / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Reliant / Russian / Studebaker / Swedish / Toyota / Volvo

Topical advertising: Taxi!

The stereotypical taxi cab is the Ford Crown Victoria in New York, the Mercedes-Benz w123 in Frankfurt (or, nowadays, Morocco), the Volkswagen Santana in Beijing, the LT1 FX4 in London or on strike in Paris. Which vintage taxi would you rather hail down to get from point A to point B? Alfa Romeo New York … Continue reading

Rust in peace: Ottati’s Used Cars
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / British / Chevrolet / English / Fiat / French / Italian / Peugeot / Rover / Saab / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Rust in peace: Ottati’s Used Cars

We recently attended the Vintage Grand Prix events in Watkins Glen, New York which, as always, was a great event that played host to hundreds of fantastic classic and sports cars. That, however, is another story but while in the area for the weekend we discovered a different sort of vehicular assemblage. According to the … Continue reading

Rust in peace: Chevrolet Corvair 700
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Rust in peace: Chevrolet Corvair 700

Infamously written off as being unsafe at any speed, the Corvair is diametrically opposed to just about every single mass-produced car Chevrolet has built in its long history. The two-door variant was introduced in January of 1960 and the lineup consisted of the entry-level 500, the mid-range 700 and the performance-focused 900 Monza. The 700 … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Car-based vans
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Topical advertising: Car-based vans

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

Topical advertising: Cars and planes
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Topical advertising: Cars and planes

Automakers have often tried to draw a parallel between cars and planes in advertisements and promotional photos. Picturing the two modes of transportation together is a way to emphasize the utilitarian nature of a vehicle, or to associate it with a particular – and generally affluent – lifestyle. Continue reading

1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Audi / Buick / BYD / Chevrolet / Chinese / Citroen / Fiat

汽车, part one

Those who were fortunate enough to travel to China in the 1980s came back absolutely amazed at how many bicycles were circulating throughout cities. Until the government democratized automobile ownership in the 1990s, cars were strictly reserved for members of the governments and diplomats and the bicycle (sometimes fitted with an electric motor) was the … Continue reading