Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Australian / Citroen / Dacia / DAF / Dutch / East German / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Goggomobil / Italian / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Renault / Romanian / Talbot / Volkswagen / Wartburg

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

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

Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho
1970s / 1980s / Endangered species / French / Matra / Simca / Talbot

Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho

There is a traditional recipe in France called “pain perdu,” a name that literally translates to “lost bread.”  In the old days, it helped families cook a last-minute meal by putting together common ingredients such as sugar, eggs, milk and generally stale bread.  The result is a slightly more elaborate version of toast. Continue reading

A collection of vintage dealer stickers and signs
1940s / 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / American / Audi / Autobianchi / British / Chrysler / Citroen / English / French / German / Hotchkiss / Hupmobile / Italian / Jaguar / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Renault / Studebaker / Talbot / Volkswagen

A collection of vintage dealer stickers and signs

Memorabilia from car dealerships often reveals fascinating facts about automotive history. Take stickers on the back of cars, for example. Not only are they essentially tamper-proof seals that help decipher a car’s origins, they are reminders of days gone by that often display logos of brands that have been dead for decades. Sometimes the address … Continue reading

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / BMW / British / Citroen / Facel Vega / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Motorcycles / Opel / Peugeot / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rover / Simca / Swedish / Talbot / Teilhol / Volkswagen / Volvo

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show took place last weekend outside of Lyon in the Rhône department of France. There are many smaller car shows and gatherings in the area but Epoqu’Auto is said to be the largest event of its kind by a long shot so, rain and wind be damned, we drove … Continue reading