Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

A comment on an earlier thread that I posted inspired me to do some internet digging for advertising cars. What I found was quite interesting. Some forms, such as bottles are easily adapted to automotive form, others need a little persuading.

Here's an English fruit vendors truck with apple shaped cab. Ford model AA (truck) chassis.

Another English Ford, this one is a Model T from Sillito's, a bakery that had a high opinion of itself. The rear must represent a loaf of bread; the front a muffin. Notice the very retro - for the time - horse drawn type coach doorhandle, which was favored by Bugatti.

PepOMint life savers, a dainty confection. This adcar is anything but dainty, as a matter of fact, it looks down right dangerous to both the driver and oncoming cars, horses, small children, etc.

Space age! It would have been hard to miss this late 1950s French device.

More space age - but this is waaaaaay before it's time. This Benson, Minnesota Monitor-News rocket powered Zeppelin must date from the 1920s . Actually, I doubt if it's rocket powered; but I really like the idea.

More space age! The Mars Express from Golden Glow Beer, late 1930s. It this is still out there, I rate it as the ultimate barn find. Golden glow - yes, I know that feeling.

Worthington's Ale bottle on a Daimler chassis. Worthington's knew quality when they saw it.

Beer from the wild wild West - Billings, Montana. No mistaking what this brass era car is advertising.

Stover Candies had a thing about bungalows. This is the only advertising motorcycle I've found.

Freixenet champagne from the 1929 Barcelona Worlds Fair. What chassis - Hispano Suiza?

Peters Bros. shoemobile from San Francisco. Presumably a Chevy. Yes, I know, San Francisco has always been a little weird.

The function of advertising is to make an impression.

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Comment by Pico Elgin on February 14, 2013 at 8:31am

Dan,     Excellent idea and easy to do, besides. Take a Model T chassis and a decent sheet metal worker and a painter to throw the thing together. Cheap advertising for the brewery. Mundane is the word - I've quit going to local shows, because I've seen more  Mustangs and Cameros than I want. Always go to Amelia Island Concours for the best.

Comment by Dan G. on February 14, 2013 at 7:20am

Great suggestion, Pico. Did and found a couple of more good shots.

Local micro brews are very popular and rather plentiful around here. Would sure like to see one of them do a clone of this car for our yearly custom & vintage car rally and show weekend. I'm sure it would be a major crowd-pleaser and stand out from the hundreds of 'mundane' (lol) classics at our 'Burning The Point' parade. (More so if it was full! LOL)


Comment by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2013 at 8:46am

Great article! Fun!

Comment by Deven Science on February 9, 2013 at 7:44pm

Some odd cars, and awesome. 

Comment by Pico Elgin on February 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Glad ya like. Google Billings Brewing car for a coupla more pics.

Comment by Dan G. on February 9, 2013 at 12:29pm

ALL so Very Cool!!! 

Thanks, Pico, for the Billings Brewing Co bottle car. Had to share it with family and other hometown friends!

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