Journal: How Well Do Couples Match To Cars?

How Well Do Couples Match To Cars?

400-euro-job Productions By 400-euro-job Productions
August 13, 2015
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We’ve seen a lot of old automaker publicity photos, and no doubt so have you. Recently, however, we’ve noticed a discord in some images between the models chosen and vehicles they’re posing with—and it got us thinking: is it possible for a car to perfectly match a couple?

Here’s the thing: manufacturers generally have to take these photos in advance of a vehicle’s introduction, and we’ve found that sometimes, they’re incredibly accurate. Just look at that couple, standing in the cold, examining a fish in front of their Volvo; we can assume this scene played out thousands of times.

That said, how often do Lancia Montecarlo/Scorpion-driving couples drive into the middle of the desert to (presumably) practice their disco moves? And is the Mazda Luce sedan widely known as a useful companion for (presumably) big game hunters?

Sometimes, two people with a car looks so perfect: but what we want to know is if these sorts of scenes actually happen. We’re on the ground in Monterey, and looking for a couple that matches the car they’re in. But until we find one, have you seen any real-life couples who could have looked like they’d just stepped out of a car brochure?

And were any of them Autobianchi A112 Abarth-driving sky diving instructors?

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Baskingshark
Baskingshark

How did you leave out the most famous car couple, Ken & Mary and the Kenmeri Skyline? Perfect for driving down onto the beach for a quick art lesson.

Bradley Price
Bradley Price

My wife and I love to go around together in the Giulietta. Last year at Lime Rock’s race car parade we even donned vintage helmets! 🙂

Tim Goedhart
Tim Goedhart

We both love air-cooled Volkswagens!

Amadeo Destrini
Amadeo Destrini

The “Mercedes with Swans” is a great photo. It’s obviously his dad’s car though…

Michael Schlenger
Michael Schlenger

Now, this is easy. Just take a look at the attached shot of a real couple in a prewar Mercedes ready to go onto the track during the Classic Days event on the premises of Schloss Dyck (Lower Rhineland, Germany).

Michael Schlenger
Michael Schlenger

Here comes another shot, taken at the 2014 Goodwood Revival Meeting (Sussex, England).

Michael Schlenger
Michael Schlenger

And a third one, taken during the “Kronprinz Wilhelm Rasanz” run for veteran cars held in Germany in May 2015.

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Sometimes too well…another ruined Z3M Coupe.

HendrikO
HendrikO

as in the real world, I don’t know, in adverts, well:

Match:

Match:

Oh yes:

Slightly over the top:

Ambitious:

Gender roles:

Amadeo Destrini
Amadeo Destrini

Well done HendrikO! Great ads, although the answer to the Corvair question should have read “his wife, or an engine fire”…

Randy B
Randy B

I don’t want to knit-pick but that Mazada ad with the dog may be bird hunting. Duck /Quail/ etc. You don’t normally big game hunt with a birddog and a single shot or over-under.

On a side note, I did see a clean Eagle Talon /Mitsubishi Eclipse (to those elsewhere) with a gentlemen behind the wheel that looked like Ned Flanders from the Simpsons. While not a couple, totally fit the type of person I pictured driving a 20+ year old non-modded Eagle Talon Turbo.

John King
John King

That dog looks a little skeptical of their choice of car as well.

Filipe Roque
Filipe Roque

Can it get better than the King of Cool, Neile Adams and the 250 GT Lusso?

David Brown
David Brown

Referencing the red Lancia picture, let’s just make it a rule that the hem line of the model has to be perfectly aligned with the molding line of the car.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Love me some Lancia. 3 ads all showing the beauty of the Italian coupes. Who doesn’t want to drive a Beata along a castle in Europe

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Other than the red Lancia on the bottom right methinks all the photo/ads were a bit off base in their so called ‘ coupling ‘ . Fact is I think they pretty much missed the boat by a country mile/kilometer or more . As far as seeing anything along the lines you’re asking about ? If I have in all honesty they don’t stand out in my memory . The ones that do are when the exact opposite of what you’d expect steps out of the car they’re driving . e.g. The aging [ 70 or so ] hippie complete… Read more »

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

While the idea of the sky diving instructors did evoke a bit of a giggle (I’ve yet to see anyone in that position) the couple in the red Lancia in the bottom picture was perfect!

Jono51
Jono51

But he’s smoking a pipe! That can’t be right.

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