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 is for them 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.


* This happens lots of times in the Spanish comics ''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 ''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 HaroldLloyd film, 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 Peter Jackson's 2004 ''KingKong'' 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.

[[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 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.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* [[ 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 [[ 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 RobbieWilliams song ''Millenium'', Robbie is seen heading for an [[ Aston Martin DB5]] (with which he was earlier posing), then pulls out from behind it in [[ Bond Bug]] (that later breaks down).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{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.