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Polly want a Packard?

Packard magazine ad found in the July 2, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest
Packard magazine ad found in the July 2, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest

According to this ad, Packard had a Board of Color who would decide on the car color schemes. Just imagine the fights.

Some quasi-random knowledge:

Having your car the same colors as a harlequin macaw would certainly get noticed.

Macaws can live for 50-100 years.

In 1930 (three years after this ad), the average life of a new car was 6.75 years.

The average lifespan of a modern car is not quite 12 years.

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In hindsight, perhaps a teeter-totter wasn’t the best visual metaphor.

Packard "Balance" ad from the June 4, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest
Packard “Balance” ad from the June 4, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest

Something for the auto buffs: Why Packard Died

Want a Packard of your very own? Looks like a 1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight goes for an average of $212,926 these days. What a bargain!

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Sorry to bug you.

Volkswagen Beetle magazine ad from around 1970
circa 1970

Q: Where do Volkswagens go when they get old?

A: The Old Volks home.

I’m so sorry.

Not-really-fun fact: The Volkswagen Beetle was originally named the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed as the Volkswagen.

More VW Beetle trivia here via Mental Floss.

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Uncle Sam wants… YOU!?

American Motors Gremlin magazine ad
found in the May, 1970 issue of Car and Driver magazine

Behold, the American Motors Gremlin.

Fun Facts:

Its sales brochure called it “the first American-built import”.

It was marketed as “cute and different”.

Both Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush once owned and drove Gremlins.

In 2007, Time magazine included it in its list of “The 50 Worst Cars of All Time”.

In 2020, Automobile magazine gave it a good review, but still called it “one of history’s dorkiest cars”.

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Beep-beep zip bang!

1971 Plymouth Road Runner

Fun facts: 

Plymouth paid Warner Bros. fifty grand to use the Road Runner name and likeness.

Hatched in 1968, the Plymouth Road Runner wasn’t discontinued until 1980.

And yes, Plymouth had a special beep-beep horn for it, developed by the Sparton Corporation of Jackson, Michigan. Hear it here.

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