Last Call: Proto-shop Edition

Back before digital retouching was available, automotive brochures often resorted to hand-retouched and manually composited photos to illustrate their newest vehicles. As with most other aspects of running a car company, American Motors evidently didn’t have the budget to attract the tip-top talent.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Tanshanomi is Japanese [単車のみ] for "motorcycle(s) only." Though primarily tasked with creating two-wheel oriented content for Hooniverse, Pete is a lover of all sorts of motorized vehicles.


  1. My New Wave problem.
    Whenever I see a Nissan Frontier I sing the name of the truck to the tune of Peter Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers”*; the bit that’s in French.
    Instead of “Jeux Sans Frontières” I hear Ni-…ssan Frontier”. It’s all in fun, but occasionally I find myself singing the names of vehicles I see in traffic to other New Wave songs. It’s not a habit, I do it for recreation. Please help me.
    I was reminded of this by today’s Mitsubishi Outlander** post, which got me singing a tune that has retained it’s charm, and sadly its relevance, for nearly 25 years. P.W.E.I.’s “Ich Bin Ein Ausländer”.

    *The lyrics to which have a surprising connection to European game shows of the 1980s. Thanks, wikipedants.
    **I really want to re-create the Blues Brothers Illinois Nazis off-the-bridge scene with an Outlander instead of the Bluesmobile. “Bitch I’m an Outlander!”

      1. I had never seen the video for that song. It’s like Beetlejuice went to an Insane Clown Posse concert.

      1. Well, it’s airy. That name would work perfectly well as a marketing stunt on at least half the male population.

  2. Interesting that they tried to add in their brand new car, but forgot to remove the Antiques ‘n Such sign right above it.

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