Time traveling: 1960s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
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Time traveling: 1960s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
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Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading

The third annual Velaux Rétro car show
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The third annual Velaux Rétro car show

The town of Velaux, France, held its third annual car show last weekend. It was one of the first car local shows of the year which is risky because in April the weather can change for the worse with very little notice, as those who visited the much larger Avignon show found out. However, the … 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: White
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Color-coded advertising: White

For decades, plain white was the de facto cheap paint job for just about any car regardless of size and body style. It often took the form of a plain coat of paint with no metallic effect and, in a lot of cases, no clearcoat in order to keep the overall cost of the car … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Orange
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / AMC / American / BMW / British / Citroen / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Porsche / Reliant / Renault / Russian / Simca / Volkswagen / ZAZ

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