The Vibrant Car Park of Wolfsburg: A Nostalgic Look at 70s Car Culture

Avery Emberly

Updated Friday, July 5, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Taking a stroll through a parking lot filled with brightly colored cars is like stepping back in time to the golden age of automotive design. The bustling scene captured in the image showcases a large, crowded parking lot br****** with vintage cars from the 1970s and 1980s. The vibrant array of colors, from sunny yellows and striking reds to bold blues and lush greens, makes it a visual feast for the eyes.

The location appears to be Wolfsburg, Germany, as suggested by the WOB license plates visible on several cars towards the front of the image, such as "WOB EX35" and "WOB CE 79". The cars vary in style, including sedans, hatchbacks, and compact cars, all featuring the rounded edges typical of older models. Among the notable vehicles, one can spot a VW Golf 1, also known as the Rabbit in the US, in a striking Marsrot / Mars Red color.

This scene evokes nostalgia for a time when car colors were as diverse as the people who drove them. Comments from users reflect this sentiment. One user reminisces about owning a yellow Mini, affectionately called "the chick", and a yellow Cortina estate nicknamed "the flying banana". Another user humorously shares their car shopping experience, lamenting the lack of colorful options in modern dealerships. They were offered only shades of white, grey, silver, and black, leading them to settle for a dark blue car after being told it would take two months to manufacture due to its unpopularity.

The image also prompts memories of classic songs like "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon, which celebrates the vibrant colors of life. One user cleverly references the lyrics, "They give us those nice bright colors / Give us the greens of summers / Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah."

It's clear that for many, the monochromatic palette of today's cars leaves much to be desired. One user shares their solution to the blandness by plasti-dipping their car a dark gold brown, making it easy to spot in any parking lot. Another expresses a wish for a modern car designed with the aesthetics of classic models, highlighting a gap in the current market for those who appreciate vintage design.

The image, with its lively atmosphere and array of colorful cars, serves as a reminder of a more vibrant era in automotive history. It captures the essence of a time when car manufacturers dared to be bold with their color choices, and car buyers had a rainbow of options to choose from. For those who miss the days of colorful cars, this image is a delightful trip down memory lane.

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Before they charged you the soul of your firstborn for any other colour than white.


I recently went car shopping and told a Toyota salesman I'd buy a new car that day, cash, if they had one in their lot that met 3 criteria: I had to fit comfortably in it, it had to be a hybrid, and it couldn't be black, white, grey or silver. I didn't buy a new car that day.


Yes, in the 70's we had a yellow Mini we called "the chick", then a yellow Cortina estate we called "the flying banana".


Someone found the saturate option in their photo editor.


Looks like the staff car park at Wolfsburg VW plant in Germany (nearly all WOB reg plates), and mid to late 70’s looking at the models shown. My first car (hence my username) is bottom right - VW Golf 1 (Rabbit in US) in LA3A, Marsrot / Mars Red. PS: Yes, I miss colours.


Kodachrome / They give us those nice bright colors / Give us the greens of summers / Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah


Salesman asked what colour I would like. "Orange". "No". "Purple". "No". "Green". "No". "Yellow". "No". Finally, I asked what colours they had: "White, light grey, silver, dark grey, black, oh, and dark blue", the salesman replied. "I'll take the blue", I said. "Oh, ok, we'll have to wait two months until we manufacture that colour, it's not popular", he stated. When did we become so bland?


That's the reason I plasti dipped my car. It's dark gold brown and I find it in every parking lot without a problem. Lives too short for a boring car.


4th row 2nd from the right is VW Typ 3 (later called 1600), what a beautiful car.


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