Cold Start: These Are Way More Fun Than They Should Be

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These are illustrations of automatic transmissions for early 1970s GMS commercial trucks, and I just love the bright, fun way they look. The seem like stickers that should be on a kid’s notebook or bedroom door instead of visual representations, not visualizations of options that a fleet buyer is considering.

The way the ad copy describes the transmission is clearly targeting the fleet buyer and not the driver, as it talks about “protecting your investment” and “reduced maintenance per ton-mile,” both of which are phrases so devoid of the idea of “fun” that the contrast with these day-glo transmissions is even better.

I’m not sure why they’re shown at all, fun or not. The fleet owners aren’t going to look at them, probably ever, or at least they hope. Nobody is picking these based on looks.

It’s all so weird.

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    1. I’ve liked Inline Sixes since before they started putting them in everything. Obvi now that all the big 3 are talking about bringing them back some people may think that they’re midtown now, but I don’t care. It doesn’t take a lot of kale to get one or get it running, and there’s nothing like the vibes you get tinkering with one while sipping on a frosty bronson.

  1. I have some 1970 Ford Mustang ads that feature the same thing – accurate yet sorta impressionistic (the various people are mostly outlines) drawings with day-glo coloring for the cars.

    The look ages really well I think. I enjoy how great they look still, compared to say a 1980s full-life-color, picture-based ad which looks dated and just meh.

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