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

1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / BMW / British / Citroen / Event / Facel Vega / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Matra / Mercedes-Benz / Motorcycles / Nissan / Opel / Panhard / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Simca / Swedish / Talbot / Toyota / Triumph / Volkswagen / Volvo / Willeme

Avignon Motor Festival 2012

The 10th annual Avignon Motor Festival took place last weekend in the beautiful Vaucluse department of France. There are many other vintage car events in the region, but the Motor Festival is by far the biggest one. Continue reading

American / Austin / British / Cadillac / French / German / Hillman / Opel / Simca / Talbot

Some “American” cars.

Many so-called “American” cars have been made over the years that just weren’t American at all. Most have been re-badged offerings from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Daewoo, Kia, or Hyundai. Rarer though, are the ones that source their heritage to Europe. So, let’s have a look at a couple of these European-American automobiles (in no particular order): Continue reading

1940s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Citroen / East German / English / French / Italian / Lancia / Paris-Rhone / Peugeot / Talbot / Trabant / Triumph

>Musée Automobile de Provence.

>The Musée Automobile de Provence is a museum with several interesting vintage cars inside (with a 5EU admission fee) but also an ever changing collection of old cars in various states of repair and disrepair outside, most of them for sale. This is a small sampling of what they had to offer a couple of … Continue reading