Topical advertising: Station wagons
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Topical advertising: Station wagons

Station wagons were once a common part of the automotive landscape because they were the most practical way to comfortably carry a full family and their gear. There was no unwritten law about what could or couldn’t be morphed into a wagon and a look back over the past few decades reveals there were some … Continue reading

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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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

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

Color-coded advertising: Red
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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

Color-coded advertising: Green
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Color-coded advertising: Green

Green is one of the oldest car colors after of black, gray and white. Darker shades of green are relatively low-key and have managed to outlive all sorts of trends over the past couple of decades, but lighter hues that are more eye-catching have come and gone. Which car do you think looks best in … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Off-roading
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Topical advertising: Off-roading

Automakers portray cars off paved roads to highlight a specific vehicle’s off-road capacity, to establish a link between rallying and other forms of racing, to convey a sense of freedom that can’t be found in crowded cities or to tout a car’s handling characteristics. We’ve compiled a gallery of period press shots showing cars going through … Continue reading

The 2013 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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The 2013 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 16th annual Monte-Carlo Historique Rally took place last week in southeastern France.  Organized by the Automobile Club of Monaco, it is open to cars that participated in the iconic rally from 1955 to 1980 and that were built between those years. Continue reading