The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie UpsS

Automakers will try almost anything to move product, including using another company's image to enhance a car. Those others occasionally try the same in reverse as well. Sometimes these connections betray a lack of judgment, market savvy, or plain common sense. These are Jalopnik readers' picks for the weirdest automaker/fashion cross-marketing ideas in auto history.

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The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

10.) Bijan Bugatti Veyron

Suggested By: Braniff747SP

Why it's such a mismatch: The late Iranian-emigrant fashion maven definitely had an individual perspective on paint and trim for his vehicles. And the owner of the self-styled "most expensive store in the world" doubtless felt justified in his acquisition and modification of the most expensive new car in the world. Further proof that Veyrons are earning a troubling reputation as pure id signifiers instead of high-performance cars.

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The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

9.) Holland & Holland Range Rover by Overfinch

Suggested By: chazzlive

Why it's such a mismatch: On one hand, Range Rover teaming up with such a properly British field-sport sort of company makes perfect sense. Trying to entice well-funded Rover buyers with guns and high-priced liquor certainly seems to be a logical strategy. However, the idea that you'd actually sell a truck loaded up with booze and firearms only seems logical in certain parts of the United Kingdom and most of Texas.

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8.) Citroën C3 D&G

Suggested By: Guac' O'Donnell

Why it's such a mismatch: Sex sells. Sexy cars sell. Associate your car with the dripping-carnality reputation of Dolce & Gabbana and the young and horny won't resist, right? If it was that easy, psychologists and marketers would have a lot more time on their hands. Cute enough car, but please. Also, why would a French company find it necessary to hold hands with the Italians?

The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie UpsS

7.) Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer

Suggested By: RazoE

Why it's such a mismatch: Ford's not-so-minivan was the recipient of what can only be called special-edition inertia: the name of the Seattle outdoors retailer was being applied to pretty much everything else in the truck lineup, so why not the (very non-outdoorsy) Aerostar, too? Distinguishing features included tan bodyside cladding and...well, not much else.

Photo Credit: Ford

The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

6.) Mercury Villager Nautica

Suggested By: pdoten

Why it's such a mismatch: Ford's second debatable minivan-fashion tie-in, and even more of a headscratcher than the first. The decision to tie their upscale suburban pod to a rapidly-sinking sportswear company speaks to the ability of Dearborn marketing people to be persistently behind the fashion curve.

That said, it's at least kinda interesting that the white lowers were inspired by boat shoes.

Photo Credit: Ford/Alden Jewell

The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

5.) AMC Gremlin Levi's Edition

Suggested By: My X-type is too a real Jaguar

Why it's such a mismatch: American Motors meets American fashion mainstay and everything is just blue. Perhaps as a counterpoint to their haughtier offerings (wait and see), AMC also had an agreement with Levi's for a signature model. Probably the best-known of the bunch because of the retro-trendy pure Seventies vibe of the whole thing. Nasty little secret: We're pretty sure the seat material wasn't real denim.

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The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie UpsS

4.) Etienne Aigner Volkswagen Cabriolet

Suggested By: Altemus Prime

Why it's such a mismatch: Some stereotypes are best left unreinforced. However, the marketing mavens at Volkswagen and the leather-goods specialists at Etienne Aigner decided that the essential juniors-section shopaholic ride was the perfect platform for a accessories-centric special edition. The door panels with horseshoe-pattern fabric are unspeakably gauche.

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The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

3.) Ed Hardy smart fortwo

Suggested By: I, Oilburner

Why it's such a mismatch: One qualification: Another aftermarket special that spares the factory blame. (See also: Gucci Cadillac Seville.) That said, damn. It's not that this is just a combination of some of the ugliest "fashion" of the decade and one of the worst cars of the decade; it's that the two components are so dazzlingly dissonant. Repackaged pretend bad-ass attitude meets Eurodweeb city car and results in a mistake for all time.

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The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie Ups

2.) AMC Matador Oleg Cassini Edition

Suggested By: Honda_Hooning_Daily_Driver

Why it's such a mismatch: We cannot blame American Motors for wanting to dress its products well. We can wonder what the hell some of the most respected haute couture houses had in mind with their dalliances with the lead sleds of Kenosha. Ideally, tie-ins are supposed to make everyone invoved come off better; these efforts made the AMC cars look weirdly pretentious and did few favors for the fashion houses.

At least the Matador had a sort of swoopy Seventies-glam look to it. The same can't be said for its corporate sibling that started the whole misbegotten thing....

Photo Credit: AMC/Alden Jewell

The Ten Strangest Automaker-Fashion Tie UpsS

1.) AMC Hornet Gucci Edition

Suggested By: Defender90

Why it's such a mismatch: The car that started the fashion-label trend was perhaps the most wretched and misguided of the whole set. Gucci was suffering an identity crisis at the time, and apparently appreciated the chance to get some broader recognition. The Hornets with their striped vinyl interiors that resulted were exactly five letters away from being nothing special; the few cars that survive are testaments to a genuinely strange idea about how cars and fashion mix.

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