It’s interesting to see just how much the connotation of certain phrases changes over time. For example, if you think about what kind of cars would be marketed as “the embodiment of the outdoor life,” you likely are thinking of Jeeps, Broncos, maybe Subarus. I bet you’re not thinking of a Lincoln with an interior that would get stained if you sat down in it with a mildly dirty thought, and yet in 1979, that’s what was happening.
Yes, “the outdoor life” in 1979 somehow meant a two-tone boat-sized coupé with colossal overhangs and less off-road ability than your grandmother, slathered in white vinyl, designed by Bill Blass, described on his website as “the first to blend the simplicity and practicality of sportswear with the elegance of the New York City elite.”
I think it’s fair to say that, for car marketing at least, the definition of “outdoor life” has changed substantially.