A recent Roadkill post of readers’ favorite car commercials included Suburban Auto Group’s series of Trunk Monkey ads from 2003 and 2004. These clever ads featured a monkey that would climb out of the trunk and perform helpful tasks, such as helping to park, bribing a police officer to dismiss a speeding ticket, or thwarting a would-be carjacker with a tire iron. But the concept of a monkey that helps with driving tasks dates back three years before Suburban Auto Group’s version, originating on the New England Subaru Impreza Club forum.

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