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Someone poses with or appears to be riding in a good-looking vehicle. A shift of view, and it's revealed they drive something MUCH less glamourous -- TheAllegedCar and bicycles are common. A variation (excellently demonstrated by the image on the right) is for that person to be indeed riding said good-looking vehicle, but not actually ''in'' it.

See NotThisOneThatOne if it's the character being fooled as well as, or instead of, the audience about which vehicle they're going to take.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A bonus chapter of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' shows the Fubuki group heading for an impressive big black luxury car, only for them to drive off in the tiny little rental hidden behind it.

* This happens lots of times in the Spanish comic ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': for example, in the albums "Valor y al toro", "Contra el Gang del Chicharrón", "Los verdes", "La maldición gitana", to name just a few.
* Occurs in a comic book short for ''Franchise/TheMuppets''. The crew stare at a huge ocean liner in awe, only for Kermit to reveal that the actual boat is on the other side of the dock, looking for all the world like an [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Boat]].

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* In one Creator/HaroldLloyd film, 1932's ''Film/MovieCrazy'', Harold is seen relaxing in the back of a rather luxurious car. Then he shifts position, the car pulls away, and it's revealed he's riding a ''bicycle.''
* In one short of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'', the stooges walk into a parking garage and we see a fancy 1930's car roll out. A few seconds later, the stooges emerge with Moe driving a motorized scooter with wagons attached to the back for Larry and Curly.
* Happens at the beginning of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'' remake. Ann gets out of her taxi and stares at an ocean liner, only for Denhan to direct her attention to the Venture, a smaller and much less impressive boat on the other side of the dock.
* Jack Sparrow's first appearance in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' has him appearing to stand heroically on the mast of a grand ship. And then we see that his 'ship' is in fact a glorified dinghy - one that's sinking, to boot!

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': One of the early episodes has them leave their office and move behind a Rolls Royce, looking as if they are about to get in it. They then emerge from behind the Rolls riding their "trandem" bike.
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'': In a filmed sketch about the UsefulNotes/NationalHealthService, Benny is a private patient while another lower-class looking person is going through the public way. At the end of the sketch Benny is seen perched in a late model convertible; the lower class guy is then seen getting in the car and driving away, revealing that Benny is sitting on a bicycle.
** At the end of another sketch, which has Benny playing a famous rock star, it seems he's in a car with happy people with champagne and beautiful women, and it pulls away, and a lonely Benny rides home on his bicycle.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': After Jimmy's case in "Uno", he is seen walking in the courthouse parking lot towards a white Cadillac Sedan de Ville similar to his car from ''Series/BreakingBad''. The camera then pans to him getting into his actual car: a beat-up Suzuki Esteem.
* ''Series/TopGear'' did this during the original Amphibious Vehicle challenge. James May was having [[IncrediblyLamePun boatloads]] of trouble with his convertible sailboat car constantly breaking down. However after a while he appeared to have fixed it, commenting that "the ride has improved, the wind's in my hair and the top speed is brilliant!". Cut to a wider view showing him in the car as it rides on the back of an AA lorry.
** Another example occurred during the Romanian road trip. The three hosts were to test high-end luxury sedans for the Romanian Mafia, only Bentley pulled out in providing the Mulzanne due to the association, leaving Jeremy without a car. Luckily he said he had made some "[[InsistentTerminology alternative arrangements]]", which turned out to be a Yugo. In one of the series' classic moments, Jeremy tests the car as if it were the Mulzanne!

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In "That's the Way the Money Goes" by M, Robin Scott himself appears to be in a luxury car as a meter maid comes to ticket it. The "car" slips away, revealing the M frontman to be sitting instead on [[ItMakesSenseInContext two gold bars.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgrGRcjyzVw In the official video for the Ievan Polkka]], three guys are shown standing by a sporty-looking car. They then pull away in some cheap beater.
* In the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6s9OQIvD80 Acid Drinkers' cover of Love Shack]], a [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hells Angels-type]] is shown cruising on some sort of motorbike, later revealed to be a blue Vespa. Also Titus, the singer, is shown on some sort of monster bike with an incredibly long fork, which turns out to be a bicycle.
* In the video for the Music/RobbieWilliams song ''Millenium'', Robbie is seen heading for an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5 Aston Martin DB5]] (with which he was earlier posing), then pulls out from behind it in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_Bug Bond Bug]] (that later breaks down).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'' does this in one of the missions - you're told to grab a vehicle called "Devastator" while looking at a cool tank, after which it is revealed you're supposed to pick a small pink moped standing behind the wall.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon ''The Autograph Hound'', Donald appears to be in a limo with Creator/GretaGarbo. He is actually sitting on the fender on the other side.
* In the opening credits of ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'', Top Cat appears to be riding in the back of a limousine. However, as the car turns a corner, it is revealed he is actually riding on the fender.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': When Rook is showing his vehicle to Ben we first see a badass-looking green and black monster truck, only to learn it's a different car and Rook's actual ride actually is the old, silly-looking truck behind it. Then subverted when Rook reveals it's only in camouflage mode and can turn into a powerful, heavily armed, spaceship-like vehicle.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Grim is first shown revving up a monster truck but as it drives away, he, Billy, Mandy and Irwin are piled on Irwin's bike.
* At the beginning of 1936's WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Porky's Road Race," Porky is working on what at first glance is a multi-cylinder hot rod. The vehicle is pulled out of shot to show Porky is actually working on his own vehicle, a two-cylinder racer.