Just as Bob Barker liked to drape sexy women all over La-Z-Boy recliners and dinette sets, car manufactures also like to place their products alongside beautiful ladies. Auto shows were lined with cool rides and smoking hot babes - and my understanding is that this trend still goes on today (correct me if I'm wrong). It's common sense marketing: don't have your new line of cars sitting alone, looking unwanted. Instead, have a foxy lady directing your attention to it, and show those male customers that this car is a genuine chick magnet.
In the 60s and 70s, it was the guy who laid the money down for the car. So, naturally the automobile companies were only too ready to supply their customers with plenty of eye candy. Even the station wagons had groovy chicks atop their metallic-pea colored hoods.
Check out my small gallery of auto show honeys from yesteryear. Enjoy..... and you're welcome.
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