A collection of vintage dealer stickers
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / AMC / American / Autobianchi / Chevrolet / Datsun / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Jeep / Lancia / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Rover / Volkswagen

A collection of vintage dealer stickers

Memorabilia from car dealerships often reveals fascinating facts about automotive history. Take stickers on the back of cars, for example. Not only are they essentially tamper-proof seals that help decipher a car’s origins, they are reminders of days gone by that often display logos of brands that have been dead for decades. Sometimes the address … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Australian / British / Citroen / Czech / Dacia / Datsun / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Holden / Honda / Innocenti / Italian / Japanese / Kia / Land Rover / Lotus / Mazda / Nissan / Oltcit / Peugeot / Premiere / Renault / Romanian / Saviem / Skoda / South Korean / Suzuki / Toyota / Triumph / Volkswagen

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering

Badge-engineering is one of the best ways to illustrate the microeconomics concept of economies of scale. Simply put, the average cost of each unit goes down as quantity goes up. Selling the rights to a car or even to a component like a chassis or an engine can save automakers a substantial amount money in … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Convertibles
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / BMW / British / Chevrolet / Citroen / Datsun / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Maserati / Mercedes-Benz / Nissan / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Russian / Saab / Triumph / Volkswagen

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

Topical advertising: Old vs. new
1920s / 1930s / 1940s / 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Abarth / Alfa Romeo / Audi / Austin / BMW / British / Czech / Datsun / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Lotus / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Mini / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Opel / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Saab / SEAT / Skoda / Spanish / Swedish / Toyota / Volkswagen

Topical advertising: Old vs. new

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

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Abarth / Alfa Romeo / Alpine / American / Audi / Austin / Austin-Healey / Auto Union / Autobianchi / BMW / British / Citroen / Czech / DAF / Datsun / Event / Fiat / Ford / French / GAZ / German / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Lotus / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Mini / NSU / Opel / Peugeot / Polish / Polski-Fiat / Porsche / Renault / Renault-Alpine / Russian / Saab / SEAT / Skoda / Spanish / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 17th annual Monte-Carlo Historique rally kicked off a little over a week ago and ended yesterday when a Belgian team at the wheel of an orange 1978 Opel Kadett GTE won the event. This year, the participants left from six European cities (Barcelona, Glasgow, Monte-Carlo, Oslo, Reims and Stockholm) and the common stages took … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Blue
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / Alpina / AMC / American / Audi / Autobianchi / BMW / British / Citroen / Datsun / French / German / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Peugeot / Renault / Rover / Saab / Swedish / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

Color-coded advertising: Blue

Blue is one of the oldest colors in the automotive industry. It was offered on many pre-war cars built around the world and it even made a brief appearance on the Ford Model T before Henry Ford implemented his famous all-black policy. Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Red
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Alfa Romeo / Alpine / AMC / American / ARO / Autobianchi / Datsun / DeTomaso / Ford / French / FSO / German / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Mercedes-Benz / Mini / NSU / Oltcit / Opel / Polish / Renault / Romanian / Rover / Saab / SEAT / Spanish / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Color-coded advertising: Red

The early Range Rover we wrote about yesterday got us thinking about red cars.  While red is typically associated with high-value, high-speed models from the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini, it is a bold color that transcends market segments and works well on many types of cars regardless of style or size.  The … Continue reading