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Advertising Car Collectibles

Automobilia means mementos of early motor cars!

In the late 1800's the automobile was invented. The technical foundations of motorised transport had been decided: the thing would have four wheels, one in each corner, and would be propelled by an internal combustion engine. That much was certain, but not much else. At this time, there were many heroes of the automobile: Gottfried Daimler and Carl Benz of Germany, Siegfried Marcus of Austria, and the Americans, George Baldwin Seldon and Henry Ford.

American Cars

The large scale, manufacturing of affordable American automobiles was debuted by Oldsmobile in 1902, then greatly expanded by Henry Ford in the 1910s. Most popular American cars and their advertising collectibles include the following:


FordHudsonJeep - WillysKaiser-FrazerLincolnMercuryNashOldsmobile

PackardPlymouthPontiacRamblerStudebaker and ● Other American Makes.

Asian Cars

From out of nowhere, Asian brands came to the American market, first with cheap cars, then with underpowered, efficient, and reliable vehicles. In 1967, the Japanese arrived. Toyota, Datsun and Honda entered the market with small, awkward cars that Detroit was sure held no appeal for the American buyer. Over the years, Asian cars became better and better in quality, power, and size, until they took over most of the American market for cars. Most popular Asian cars and their advertising collectibles include the following:

Datsun and Nissan Honda Mazda Toyota, and ● Other Asian Makes

British Cars

There were over 1000 British Motor Manufacturers who were in business between 1894 and 1960, including those that never made it past the prototype stage. Below are just a few of the more popular manufacturers and their advertising collectibles.

Austin, ● Jaguar, ● MG, ● Rolls-Royce and Bentley, ● Sunbeam, ● Triumph and ● Other British Makes

European Cars

In 1885, German mechanical engineer, Karl Benz designed and built the world's first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine. Import sales, in the U.S. led by the Volkswagen Beetle began in 1959. Most popular European cars and their advertising collectibles include the following:

Alfa Romeo Audi BMW Citroen Daimler & Mercedes Ferrari Fiat Lamborghini

Opel Peugeot Porsche Renault Saab Volkswagen Volvo and ● Other European Makes,





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