The '50s-'60s-era Rover P4 - I sure wish hybrids (or any new cars) looked more like this (or even like a Mini Cooper). Fuel efficient underbits shouldn't only come with hideous space craft coverings.
The American auto industry should be trying to reinvent itself. But while Detroit implodes and continues to pour out soul-less monster truck ads, Kia gives us a small boy pedaling through Georgia where they're making jobs, robots and energy efficient transportation at big shiny new plants. It takes South Korea to sell the new American dream, I guess.
Our car ads should be about our complete and utter love affair and emotional entanglement with our cars. VW did it with the wonderful Pink Moon Cabrio ad in the '90s, but where are our American tales of a kid working his fingers to the bone to buy his first car - and sticking to that brand for the rest of his days...the kid begging his dad to borrow his car for prom - and getting to...a middle aged couple going at each other like a couple of teenagers thanks to those easily-to-remove seats in the back of the family mini-van?
It's important to know that our cars won't kill us (the Germans like to stress this), but I sort of think we all secretly hope that they'll help us get some action (or at least some freedom).
This pristine 1969 Rover 75 P4 is going for about EUR13,000. So great.