Classic Captions – The 1962 Cony Guppy Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. This is a series of posts that are set to run this time each week, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous, snarky, or thought provoking caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week the image is from a Japanese Micro-Car Company!

Last week, we had an image of a Couple of Daredevils around a Plymouth and all the responses were pretty good. Both of the top comments came with images this time, so let me try and set this up for the runner-up. You see, there was this very bad Science Fiction series called Alien Nation, a spin-off of the successful movie of the same name, only the lead actors were different. Instead of using James Caan for the lead as Detective Sykes, the television series used Gary Graham. best-sci-fi-tv-ever-20110126110440312And instead of using the brilliant Mandy Patinkin as the alien detective George Francisco, they used a very close copy in the form of Eric Pierpoint. It was our very own mdharrell who decided to tie in this television series with the caption contest with this observation: “Seriously? Roller skates? No wonder you switched to police work.” How this ties in with anything is beyond my perception (I have to admit, I didn’t like the movie, and despised the series) but it was one of the top vote receivers, so way to go!


However, it was another image that seemed to garner the most votes this time. You see, from 1985 to 1990 there was a sit-com called Mr. Belvedere, with the lead character played by Christopher Hewett. It was Batshitbox who tied a image of Hewett (Image to the left) with this great caption: “…aand that’s how I met your mother.” Very funny, and very clever, so bravo Mr. Batshitbox!

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks image. This is an image for the Cony Guppy, launched by the Aichi Machine Industry Company Ltd, in 1962. This was an ultra-light truck smaller than many mini vehicles that were for sale in Japan at this time period, with a loading capacity of 100kg. In addition to its low price of ¥225,000, the Cony Guppy featured four-wheel independent suspension and a torque converter for clutchless operation. Production ended after a little over one year, with less than 5,000 units manufactured. This is a very period image, and you have to wonder what those boxes contain. What do you think the guy in the pickup bed is saying to the girl? And when do you think Godzilla is going to make landfall? Only you can make sense of this image, so let’s see what you come up with this time. (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate entries, and after contemplating our own caption, we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this interesting image

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream


  1. Mishi-san… head to Chicago! I hear of a baseball team that is so bad that even their announcer is called Hari Kari!

    1. Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen a Japanese car factory-equipped with hari kari doors before this one.

  2. "No, I don't know what's in the box, and I don't care! I'm just so pumped to find something that fits in this bed, I'm haulin' whatever it is home!"

    1. Woo-hoo! I'm still funny! I'll head (ha!) up to Russian River and pick me up one of them on my next trip to Mendocino. Will it make my funny or incoherent?

      1. Depends of quantity.
        Also, funny tends to have a subjective measurement scale. I think I'm funny as hell after two beers. Everyone around me just thinks I'm loud.

  3. What do you mean: "It only holds Bento Boxes for two." We only get 30 minutes for lunch! What are the rest of the guys going to eat? This is the last time we order from The Hungry Guppy!

  4. Japanese manufacturing took a turn for the crazy when they exported empty boxes back in the early 60's. Luckily, Cony capitalized on the trend and build the perfect transport vehicle.

    1. Holy crap! Literally hands over my mouth trying to hold in giggles!
      I sorta do okay until the driver floors it. Really lose it when I hear THE CRICKETS!

        1. That's what's so funny! The engine revs and nothing happens!

          1. I had a hard time hearing it over the crickets. I think it was when the puff of oily smoke came out the back? 😉

  5. Mari was reasonably attractive, but even the longshoremen ignored her flirtations.
    Michiko suggested aiming higher–an American geologist, perhaps–and sweetening the deal with a shiny red truck.

  6. Oh good, there's our apartment! Wait, please don't pull on it, we can set it back up ourselves!

  7. "You just open box, pour contents into boiling water, and three minutes later you get Cony Guppy! Just like Ramen noodles!"

  8. The translated kanji says…Cony "Live Hamsters" Handle with Care! Doo itashimashite.

  9. Nissan intends to use more influence from China's market. All new Datsuns will be wrapped in canvas strapps to keep them small.

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    *Assembly required.

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