Home » This Is The Only Other Time I’ve Seen A Car Part Used As A Whole Car Face Other Than In My Head: Cold Start

This Is The Only Other Time I’ve Seen A Car Part Used As A Whole Car Face Other Than In My Head: Cold Start

Cs Blaupunkt Radioface 1
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So I get that even for a Cold Start, a series that doesn’t really have any rules, standards, or, let’s be honest, morals, this is kind of weird. See that image up there, from a 1950s German Blaupunkt ad? See how the face of the radio is re-purposed as the “face” of the car, with the volume and tuning knobs standing in for headlamps, and the tuning dial for the grille, and so on? Sure you do. It’s a fun, cute ad, and I’m sure we’ve all seen this sort of phenomenon, right? I mean, I know I have. And, so far, as best I can tell, this is one of the very few published examples of this car-part-as-car-face out there – aside from the at least two times I’ve written about it.

Perhaps it has come up a lot more and I’ve not seen examples; I kind of hope so, as it often feels so obvious and blatant I don’t know how people haven’t used it more.

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Here, let’s look at the full ad image:

Cs Blaupunkt Radioface 2

I mean, it’s charming as hell; in fact, if you have any sort of charm allergies, you should probably close this window and wash immediately. Our insurance doesn’t cover charm-related allergic reactions, you see. We don’t need that kind of hassle.

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In this example, the radio face works really well; the tuning buttons stand in for the bumper, too! It feels extremely car fascia-like.

The other examples I’ve used before are similarly good, I think, like these dome light units used on GMs (and similar ones were found on Ford and Mopar cars):

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The Blaupunkt radio feels more like a ’60s era car, though. Like a Falcon or Rambler or something. The other example I had was a taillight used on an old Alfa Romeo that looked oddly like the front of a Jeep:

Jeepface

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There should be a name for whatever this phenomenon is: a small thing that’s part of a larger thing that looks like a larger part of the larger thing. The word synecdoche means a part of something used to represent the whole, like when people refer to their car as their “wheels.” So maybe we can call this, um, automotive visage-synecdoche. That rolls off the tongue!

I’ll think of something better. But after I publish this, because it’s late, dammit!

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Serg_skudnov
Serg_skudnov
1 month ago

Are we supposed to come up with different name for recarsion? Something like Autoboros?

CUlater
CUlater
1 month ago

And a freaking Kenwood receiver in the bumper – I love it, combining two great passions in one great face (with apologies to Reece’s)!

Alec Weinstein
Alec Weinstein
29 days ago
Reply to  CUlater

Not my pic, but I got a 600T like that one for $20. Sold it for $600.

Chally_Sheedy
Chally_Sheedy
1 month ago

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71QCq1l5VEL._UF1000,1000_QL80_FMwebp_.jpg

Sturgill Simpson’s 4th album definitely saw this old ad.

Also features some pretty solid road tunes and a bonkers companion anime / companime

Not The Ford 289
Not The Ford 289
1 month ago

I had some Milwaukee power tool chargers, and they looked like little Jeeps.

This is what I’m talking about.

Classic and Clunker
Classic and Clunker
1 month ago

Could it be called “minimotormorphism”?

I drive a boring SUV
I drive a boring SUV
1 month ago

Not a face, but a butt – the i8 pooping out a 911.

Twobox Designgineer
Twobox Designgineer
1 month ago

Also, at the front end, the i3 is eating some 60% scale BMW sedan

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
1 month ago

Unfortunately all of the manufacturers these days have switched to Double DIN.

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas
1 month ago

That’s probably why the front of all new US pickup trucks are so tall – they had to be made taller to suit a Double DIN stereo fascia!

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
1 month ago
Reply to  Morgan Thomas

Thanks for ‘splaining! Judging by how few smileys my wise crack got, you are the only one that got it.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
1 month ago

I wish they had inside the car, instead of those giant non-standard systems.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
1 month ago

Well, crap Torch. I knew as soon as seeing the first example that I’d seen it before.
But where? Were these images ever used in the sales of VW products? Thanks.

Hoonicus
Hoonicus
1 month ago

It’s all there in the topshot
glücklichpunked

Rafael
Rafael
1 month ago

Self-similarity in most cases, except in the case of the Alfa part looking like a Jeep – that was just a prophecy that those two cars would share a manufacturer one day.
Anyway, a part of a thing looking like the full thing is a fractal. This is the front of a car replicated inside of a car – it is a frunctal.

D-dub
D-dub
1 month ago

Car parts, sure. But Toyota has been using electric razors for the fronts of their vehicles for about a decade.

Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider
1 month ago
Reply to  D-dub

And don’t forget about the buck toothed BMWs. Or rather please please please, can we banish and forget about the buck tooth BMWs?

Tarragon
Tarragon
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Schneider

I know most people say beaver for the BMW’s. I say naked mole rat: https://www.lpzoo.org/animals/naked-mole-rat/

I mean look at this: mole-rat-talllll.png

Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider
1 month ago
Reply to  Tarragon

Well. I’d love to unsee _that_ picture.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
1 month ago

It’s Johnny 5!

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
1 month ago

Autopariedolia.

Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider
1 month ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

This. And the person (er, writer) suffering this malady is an apopheniautopian. I suspected the whole staff is afflicted.

Steve Schriefer
Steve Schriefer
1 month ago

That’s easy – Autoaussehendesautoteil

10001010
10001010
1 month ago

Carry McStereoface?

Next Friday
Next Friday
1 month ago

Ha ha ha. Charm allergies. Nice one.

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