Car accessory trends come and go… and then come back again! Check out our list and tell us what we missed.
In reality, the original fuzzy dice were not fuzzy at all and were made of polyurethane squares. It was believed the idea came home from World War II, where American fighter pilots put dice on their dashboards as a good luck symbol. In the 1950s, the dice became one of the first items sold that were specifically designed to hang from a rear-view mirror of a car.
Garfield car window ornaments
Everyone’s favourite lasagne loving cat Garfield was created in an American comic in 1978 which later turned into a cartoon series. The popularity of Garfield saw a range of merchandise created in the 80s which included plush window ornaments that stuck to windows with suction cups. There were many spin offs using other popular characters, some of which were made holding baby on board signs – another popular product by the mid 80s.
Car window and bumper stickers
You would need to publish an encyclopedia to catalogue every bumper or car window sticker ever stuck on a car! Some standouts are the Bad Boy sticker and longhorn decals and of course the location stickers plastered around bumpers and rear windscreens for every place you’ve visited on holidays. In NSW, the mid-noughties saw the rise of the frangipani stickers. Plus, who could forgot the “my family” stick figure stickers which launched in 2010!
Car antlers, flags and Red Nose Day
No longer satisfied with personalising the bumper and windows, manufacturers saw an opportunity to promote their products (or a favourite sports team) with car flags. We also know now when it’s nearing Christmas with car antlers and Red Nose Day promoted with noses for cars, buses and trucks too.
Coat hanger radio antenna
Do you remember the crafty coat hanger antennas and the work it took to bend them to shape the perfect map of Australia? Inventive motorists would use a metal coat hanger in the shape of Australia as a cheap alternative in place to replacing the antenna on their car if it had broken.
Were there any we’ve missed? Let us know or own up to what you had!