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My Black Brick

Keeping a '92 Volvo 240 Wagon on the Road & Other Automotive & DIY Musings

Honda Commercial Explores Tiny Engineering

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.


Volvo 242: Now with Wings

Via Mr Jono. Click image for full size.


The Ford Granada Wagon is Just Like Shuttle Columbia

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.


Leaning Towards Great Handling

I can’t imagine an ad for a car these days that would show this much body roll, especially when the text talks about great handling. Click image for full ad.



Slo-Mo 240 burnout

Not sure what this Swedish Volvo ad is actually for. Maybe it’s for tires?

In high school I was in the “burnout” clique. But it wasn’t because of the rubber burned in my buddy’s 1974 Olds Cutlass; although that was fun too.