Scaled down: DeAgostini’s 1/43-scale Dacia 1410 Sport
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Scaled down: DeAgostini’s 1/43-scale Dacia 1410 Sport

This 1410 is an original addition to our collection – when was the last time you saw a 1/43-scale vintage Dacia? Continue reading

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Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)
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Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)

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

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering
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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

The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival
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The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival

We recently trekked up to the city of Avignon to attend the Motor Festival, an annual car show and swap meet that stands out as one of the biggest events of its kind in the region. It poured rain during most of the show but that didn’t stop enthusiasts from all over the south of … 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

Ran When Parked visits Morocco
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Ran When Parked visits Morocco

Before the days of government-sponsored cash-for-clunkers programs, a lot of used cars in Western Europe got a second lease on life in North Africa and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Europe. We got a chance to sample what the car landscape is like in North Africa when we landed in Fes, Morocco, last week to … Continue reading

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The 20th annual Avignon Auto-Moto Retro show

The 20th annual Auto-Moto Retro show took place last weekend in Avignon, France. It is held at the same venue as the Avignon Motor Festival but it is a much smaller show with less cars and less vendors. Continue reading