Ran When Parked visits the American southwest
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Ran When Parked visits the American southwest

We recently took advantage of a work trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to re-discover the American southwest. Continue reading

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Topical advertising: Under the hood
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Topical advertising: Under the hood

A well-trained eye can generally tell where a car is from by simply looking under the hood.  For example, a lot of French cars built in the 1960s and 1970s had the spare tire mounted under the hood, and Italian valve covers are often art-like components crafted with an impressive amount of attention to detail. … Continue reading

Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1980s / Alfa Romeo / American / Aston Martin / Audi / Bitter / British / DeLorean / Electric / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / Irish / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lamborghini / Land Rover / Lotus / Maserati / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Merkur / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rolls-Royce / Sterling / Subaru / Swedish / TVR / Vespa / Volkswagen / Volvo / Yugo / Yugoslavian

Time traveling: 1980s 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

Time traveling: 1970s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1970s / American / Aston Martin / Austin / British / Citroen / Datsun / DeTomaso / Ferrari / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Jensen / Lamborghini / Lambretta / Maserati / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Opel / Peugeot / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Subaru / Swedish / Triumph / TVR / Vanguard / Volkswagen

Time traveling: 1970s 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

Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. Continue reading

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360
1960s / 1970s / Japanese / Scaled down / Subaru / Tomica

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360

Japan’s Tomica has manufactured several 1/50-scale replicas of the Subaru 360 over the past couple of decades. Some of the company’s earlier 360s were offered in bright colors like yellow and lime green, but the later examples like the fire patrol car pictured below generally wore special liveries. Tomica cars have always been fairly realistic … Continue reading

Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)
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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all … Continue reading