Mixing parts of different cars in one project has always been the basis for creating hot rods. The goal is quite simple: install a much more powerful engine in a smaller car to drive faster, or use a bumper and grille from another model to look cooler. However, for several cars made in the 1970s, mixing parts was the main goal.
The AnyCar Loan ad from Manufacturers Hanover, 1973.
One of the greatest example is the AnyCar. The creators tried to use in appearance as much as possible elements from different cars. Three different models were made: AnyCar I, AnyCar II and AnyCar III. They were created for shooting commercials of Manufacturers Hanover Trust New York Bank, which in the early 1970s wanted to promote its car loan program.
AnyCar I (1971)
Described as a new luxury/economy/intermediate automobile, the AnyCar was introduced to the auto-buying public on September 7, 1971. One of the nation’s leading banks, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. said it introduced the ForChevAmChrysVagen — or AnyCar as it was more commonly known — to emphasize the diversity of choice available to car purchasers.
Featuring“something for everybody” styling, the AnyCar is a unique blend of 22 different cars — ranging from Volkswagen to a Lincoln Continental.
It was powered by a Mercury 289 no in V8. Highlighted is the “modest flower print” of interior upholstery.