The Homer: I See You in There
Fans of The Simpsons will know The Homer, the car that Homer Simpson designed along with his brother, who happened to be the owner of Powell Motors. This episode (from Season 2) was written as a spoof on the Edsel, which we all know ended sadly. In this episode, Homer designs “The Homer” which brings his brother’s car company to ruin.
“The Homer” is a green monstrosity that no person would ever want to drive. The car had two bubbles, with one designed for misbehaving children; an incredibly loud engine, three horns, and huge cupholders. Exterior design features included a small step ladder, tailfins, and a bowler as the hood ornament. Looking back at “The Homer” it is easy to recognize the cars that influenced its design. These are a few:
AMC Ambassador: If you look at the 1958 AMC Ambassador wagon’s profile, you can see the subtle “bubbles” of the front compartment and the way back. It is also easy to see the influence of the tailfins on the AMC Ambassador wagon. The over-designed AMC Ambassador may not have been the real car behind the idea of this episode, but it could have been.
Rolls Royce Corniche: While no one would ever have imagined that a Rolls Royce and AMC would be mentioned on the same page, The Homer has the front end of a 1982 Corniche. The double headlamps, perfect grill, and bold hood ornament might look perfect on the iconic RR, but on The Homer it looks pathetic, but perfectly Homerific.
Cadillac Series 62: The 1959 Cadillac Series 6200 may not be the first car that people think of when they remember the tailfins, but these are the tailfins that made their way onto The Homer. The pointy single tail lights and fins appear proudly on the back of the car that killed the imaginary Powell Motors.
Plymouth Superbird: In Limelight Green, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird shows up in two of The Homer’s features: the color and the gigantic spoiler. While the color and spoiler look just-the-right-amount-of-cool on the Superbird, they look…well…not so cool on The Homer.