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.
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14 responses to “Last Call: Proto-shop Edition”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    My New Wave problem.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    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. Batshitbox Avatar

      I don’t want to argue / There’s nothing to say.
      Get me out of your
      Starion and be on your way!
      -The Records, “Starry Eyes”

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Every reason to post a photo of a narrow-body Starion is an excellent one.

    2. Monkey10is Avatar

      (You got a +1 for PWEI)

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

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

    3. Vairship Avatar

      Jukes sans Frontiers?

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    I recently learned there was a bus named “FAP Famos” in Serbia. Got to wonder if it came with easy-clean seat covers.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      There was a little Italian off-roader in the 1960s called the F.A.R.T. Breack. Apparently no-one in the company knew English.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

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

      2. Manxman Avatar

        That’s a breath of fresh air and I bet it goes like stink.

      3. Vairship Avatar

        At least it provides plenty of air…much like that Airbus

    2. Alff Avatar

      They were beaters.

  4. Vairship Avatar

    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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