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: Brown
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Color-coded advertising: Brown

Although brown cars have been around for decades, their heyday was undeniably the 1970s when companies from all over the automotive galaxy offered at least one shade of it. In retrospect, brown went remarkably well with cars that were often laden with emissions equipment such as air pumps and 5-mph bumpers. Brown largely fell out … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Orange
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Color-coded advertising: Orange

Paint colors that were popular in the 1960s and the 1970s are starting to make a comeback on new cars, but orange has largely been left out. It’s unfortunate: While most of us wouldn’t want our next car to be orange, the color makes a car stand out from the pack and helps buyers remember … Continue reading

Club spotlight: Museo Vivo Provence
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Club spotlight: Museo Vivo Provence

Museo Vivo Provence is a non-profit Italian car club founded in 2009 by four Alfisti based in the southeast of France. The club has 160 members between 16- and 82-years old and it boasts an impressive collection of over 360 cars ranging from stunning Alfa Giulietta Sprint to several 916-Series GTVs and 156s. Lancias and … 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

Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany
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Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany

Following our visit to the Volkswagen brand museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, we trekked over to Autostadt in the center of the city to visit the museum there.  Autostadt (a name that literally translates to “car city” in German) is a Volkswagen-themed visitor attraction that houses a museum, a pavilion for the SEAT, Škoda, Audi and … Continue reading