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Which Car (or Truck, or Van) Graphics Go The Hardest?

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Know what the car biz needs a whole lot more of? Rad graphics. Big, bold factory sticker packages were huge in the 70s and 80s, and the era produced such all-time greats as the screaming-chicken Pontiac Trans-Am, Ford Cruising Wagon and Cruising Van, and soooo many pickup trucks with absolutely killer door-to-tailgate stripes and graphics. Even humble vehicles like the Toyota Tercel SR5 wagon could be had with dynamite decals that totally went for it.

Jeep Honcho

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From the grille to the tailgate, yesssss. Jeep Honcho, crushing it. Image: Stellantis 

Ford Cruising 1

Come on Ford, give us a Cruising Explorer with wrap-over stripes and a bubble window. We promise, it’ll sell. Image: Ford

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Sr5 2

Spotted this SR-5 wagon on Cars and Bids. What an absolute beast! Image: seller.

Trans Am Chicken

We can’t talk over-the-top graphics without including this guy. May the chicken forever scream. Image: GM

2023 F 150 Raptor R Exterior
Rad graphics are mostly a truck thing these days. Ford gets it! Images: Ford

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So tell us, what are your favorite sticker-slathered looks from the go-hard era? Or any era, right up to now–there are still some bangers out there in 2023. Let’s talk about them. To the comments!

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Harmon20
Harmon20
10 months ago

Brat sticks out in my mind.

https://tinyurl.com/subieB

Jblues
Jblues
11 months ago

It sure would be nice to be able to post pictures on a discussion like this…

Freelivin1327
Freelivin1327
11 months ago

Screaming chicken is my favorite and most iconic

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
11 months ago
Reply to  Freelivin1327

Everyone I knew called it the flaming chicken. It’s a FIREbird.

Zac H
Zac H
11 months ago

Anyone remember the Bacon Wrap Ford Fiesta in 2013? https://www.usatoday.com/story/driveon/2013/08/28/ford-fiesta-bacon/2711885/

Matt H
Matt H
11 months ago
Myk El
Myk El
11 months ago

When I had my white, basically invisible, Nissan Frontier I was serious at one point of adding the ubiquitous in the 1990s Jazz design graphics to it.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/36/Solo_Jazz_design.jpg

I loved the honcho as a kid. They were not common, but present in Colorado when I was growing up.

TriangleRAD
TriangleRAD
10 months ago
Reply to  Myk El

Somebody did that with a late ’90s Dakota and brought it to RADwood Charlotte last month.

VaHooz
VaHooz
11 months ago

Can’t forget the 80’s VW Rabbit pickup “SPORTRUCK” full-body-length, reflective decals!

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/81rabbitpickup/Pickup_Page_08.jpg

Adam Bernhardt
Adam Bernhardt
11 months ago

I would have to go with Dodge’s line of “adult toys” from the 70s.

Squirrelmaster
Squirrelmaster
11 months ago

I love me some graphics, so I have no real favorites, but I’ll highlight the consistent quality of 70s and 80s Toyota Pickup graphics. From the fading lines to the zigzags, they are all great. My favorite, though, were the optional graphics on the turbocharged models that had a hockey stripe with “TURBO” inlayed with it.

Ben Duke
Ben Duke
11 months ago

How about the Santana/Susuki Samuraï Perrier’s limited edition from 1989 :
http://www.auto-pub.net/ASL/divers/MAJ%20juillet%2020/0-Samurai-Perrier-pub-3.jpg

VanGuy
VanGuy
11 months ago

I’ve been searching for a cheap used conversion van (usually 90s/early aughts are closest to my price range) and they tend to have subtle-to-tasteful decals. Better than plain, that’s for sure. Distinction without being gaudy.

Jim Stock
Jim Stock
11 months ago

No mention of the Little red express yet?

Nathan Wong
Nathan Wong
11 months ago

Small cars, specifically hot hatches. Otherwise, how are you going to see them from SUVs on high?

Jeeptopian
Jeeptopian
11 months ago

The 80’s/90’s Jeep Wrangler Islander.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-jeep-wrangler-6/

Old Busted Hotness
Old Busted Hotness
11 months ago

If you want to tie in with the crap-car theme you’ve been on lately, check out the ’76 Plymouth Volare Roadrunner. Terrific stripe package.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
11 months ago

79 Mustang Pace Car or Pinto Cruising Wagon.

Look, a Volvo!
Look, a Volvo!
11 months ago
Last edited 11 months ago by Look, a Volvo!
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