Topical Advertising: Cutaways (part two)
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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
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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

Topical advertising: On the inside
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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
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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
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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

A quick look at the Saab 9-2x
2000s / Japanese / Saab / Subaru / Swedish

A quick look at the Saab 9-2x

Saab traveled to the 2003 Los Angeles Motor Show to unveil the 9-2x, an oft-rumored five-door hatchback with a familiar shape. Based on the Subaru Impreza, the 9-2x was a perfect example of blatant badge-engineering, for better or worse, whose story traces its roots to GM’s ambitious expansion plans in the Asia-Pacific region. Although decades … Continue reading