When Ricky told me to check out the Shannons video about the Isuzu Car Club of Australia gathering, I did. But the thing that absolutely blew my mind wasn’t even an Isuzu. It was this classic car insurance ad, which featured an MS65 Toyota Crown and an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Yes, these are what qualifies as classics in upside-down under.
The ad by Shannons shows a kid growing up with fond memories of his grandmother’s car, lovingly washing it, going on road trips, and so on. It’s pretty typical stuff, except the car isn’t a Bel Air or Polara. It’s a freaking orange kujira Crown! Fast forward a few years, the kid is all grown up, still has “Nana’s Crown,” but also drives a Bayside Blue R34 GT-R thanks to Australia’s lax import laws. An ad with cars like these would be absolutely unthinkable in the US, and probably would fail miserably if it didn’t feature a Corvette or Mustang in it. Australia is a damn magical place.