Models rev up auto show crowds

Published On: Jan 10 2012 02:37:48 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 08:54:33 AM CST

One thing all auto shows seem to have in common these days are scantily-clad spokesmodels showing off the cars. But using sex appeal to sell cars dates back nearly as far as the car itself.

1959 Chicago Auto show Toyota kimono model
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Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Three Toyota "Toyopet" models made their debut -- alongside models in kimonos -- at the 1959 Chicago Auto Show.

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