The 1967 Hillman Minx was a tidy but quite conventional little car, and looks quite fetching in that tomato-soup red. Now, why this decidedly unflashy little car has attracted those five women, mostly brightly clad and carrying items that, frankly confuse me a bit. Well, just one really. Looking at the objects carried here, from left to right, we have a red shopping bag, a basket of what looks like easter eggs, a shopping bag with some sort of blue graphics on it, a set of keys (I think?), and a bouquet of flowers.
It’s the Easter basket that gets me. Maybe it is Easter? But do adults just walk around with egg baskets like that? It was the ’60s, maybe this was a thing?
There’s another strange thing in this brochure. This bit:
So, “zebra zone-toughened windscreen” means what, exactly? I guess “zebra zone” means pedestrian crosswalks, according to some UK slang I think I remember, but why would you want your windscreen toughened for that? The high contrast? Or because when you drive through one, with the careless aplomb of a charging buffalo, you want to be sure that those hapless goofballs crossing the street that are rolling over your hood and smacking into your windshield won’t actually break it? Is that why you’d want it toughened?
So many beautiful mysteries.