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
1920s / 1930s / 1940s / 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / American / British / Cadillac / Chevrolet / Citroen / Datsun / DeLorean / Dino / Ferrari / Fiat / French / German / Honda / Irish / Isuzu / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Mazda / Messerschmitt / Morris / Nissan / Renault / Subaru / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

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)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / Austin / BMW / British / Cadillac / Citroen / Datsun / Fiat / French / German / Honda / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lancia / Land Rover / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Peugeot / Renault / Subaru / Swedish / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

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

Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Abarth / Alfa Romeo / Alpina / AMC / American / British / Citroen / Czech / DAF / Dutch / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Land Rover / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Porsche / Renault / Russian / Saab / Skoda / Subaru / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)

Cutaways are a fascinating way to discover what lurks beneath the sheet metal of a car. Today, they are generally done with computer programs such as AutoCAD but they were painstakingly drawn by hand by highly-skilled artists for several decades. The best-known cutaway artist is arguably Haynes’ Terry Davey, the man responsible for the drawings … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Abarth / Alpine / American / BMW / British / Chevrolet / Czech / Fiat / French / German / Hillman / Hino / Italian / Japanese / Mazda / NSU / Porsche / Renault / Russian / SEAT / Simca / Skoda / Spanish / Subaru / Tatra / Volkswagen / ZAZ

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

Topical advertising: On the inside
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / Autobianchi / BMW / British / Citroen / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Land Rover / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Nissan / Peugeot / Renault / Renault-Alpine / Russian / Subaru / Swedish / Tatra / Triumph / Volkswagen / Volvo

Topical advertising: On the inside

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

Topical advertising: Station wagons
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / AMC / American / Audi / Binz / BMW / British / Checker / Citroen / East German / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Opel / Peugeot / Renault / Rover / Russian / Saab / Skoda / Subaru / Swedish / Trabant / Volkswagen / Volvo / Wartburg

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

Is the Subaru Brat a future classic?
1970s / 1980s / Future classic / Japanese / Subaru

Is the Subaru Brat a future classic?

Contrary to popular belief, the Subaru Brat was named after an unruly teenager: The name was an acronym that stood for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter. Based on the Leone, the Brat was commissioned by the president of Subaru’s American division who saw a market for a small, four-wheel drive pickup that was smaller and cheaper … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Brown
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / American / Austin / BMW / British / Citroen / Czech / Fiat / French / German / GMC / Honda / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Jeep / Lancia / Maserati / Matra / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Nissan / Peugeot / Renault / Saab / Skoda / Subaru / Swedish / Talbot / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

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