As a die cast car collector of many years as well as an occasional stop motion animator, I found this ad for Honda in the UK to be a total delight. Flipping and folding, twisting and revving, an engineer pulls together a wide variety of Honda products. Motorcycles morph into mini vans and robots become jets. Impressive.
This Trip and Tyler video is about the inevitable list of crap mechanics find wrong with your car when you bring it in for a simple oil change. Just say… no?
In the 1951 Tex Avery animation “Car of Tomorrow” we learn of the “Glass Bottom Car” that allows drivers to see below them. This way they can look down and see if the pedestrian they ran over was a friend of theirs. 50′s era racism and sexism abound in this uncensored cartoon:
In 1955′s “Four Wheels, No Brakes” we get a satirical glimpse of car dealers as Pete Hothead finally decides to get a new car:
via Cartoon Brew
A world overrun with automobiles is the dystopian nightmare of the cartoon “Automania 2000” from 1963. So many cars have grid-locked that people have just been living in them for the past 5 years. The cartoon is an anti-consumerist critique of 1950s excess.
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Cross-posted on Hoboken Pudding.
Designer Christian Annyas has a cool collection of Chevrolet speedometer designs spanning 1943-2011. Above is the 1970 Chevy Nova. Most are analogue, or analogue looking. I can’t stand digital readouts and digital clocks.
In this 1982 ad from Ford, astronaut Wally Shirra presents us with a “vehicle dedicated to the use of space”. We then see the shuttle Columbia landing, followed by a shot of the 1982 Ford Granada.
“Look Out World! Here comes Ford!”
I can’t tell if the metaphor is for NASA ships or nasty sex:
Built to carry a full crew in comfort
while moving big payloads
propelled by the thrust
of Ford’s new v6 engine option
designed to be used
over and over again.
So Ford biggest selling point is that the car will start? More than once? SOLD!
Long live NASA Space Shuttle.