I’ve already shown this ad from my collection of National Geographics once, but this mailer came with my new look RDC brochure, so I’m presenting it again. The mailer says the ad was featured in August, 1956, issues of Time, Newsweek, and Business Week as well as the September National Geographic.
I still don’t understand just what Budd is getting at with that headline. Nothing in the text mentions trees growing. It does mention the RDC’s new look, though it doesn’t specifically say what that new look is and only someone intimately familiar with previous RDCs would be likely to spot the differences from the illustration.
The RDC in the picture definitely has the new style, and the picture is strongly reminiscent of the Feather River Canyon. But the Western Pacific’s only two RDCs were delivered in 1950 and thus were of the old look variety, which explains why painter Leslie Ragan didn’t put the Western Pacific’s name on the car.