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Oct
11
Cars in Liquor Ads, Donald Healey

Auto designer Donald Healey as seen in a Lord Calvert Canadian whiskey ad.

If you’re my age (around the half-century mark), you’ve been programmed since high school to fully appreciate the dangers and potentially disastrous consequences of drinking and driving. And, indeed, since I began college in 1983, the legal penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol have become significantly harsher.

Sep
12
1988 Mercury Cougar, Mercury Cougar Ads

1988 Mercury Cougar

In the annals of automotive retailing, there are few–if any–model names that have been applied to more body types or market segments than Mercury’s Cougar badge. Over the moniker’s multi-decade run, it was used on coupes, sedans, station wagons, convertibles, pony cars, muscle cars, luxury cars, and, at the end of its run, a front-wheel-drive sporty hatchback.

Aug
01
Cars in Cigarette Ads

Cars in Cigarette Ads

Given how socially vilified cigarettes and other tobacco products are today, it may be difficult for people much under the age of 40 to recall a time when smoking was not only generally accepted, it was openly promoted.

Jun
27
Classic Firebird Ads

1980 Pontiac Firebird

Most pony car fans fall squarely into one of two camps: Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang. Yes, there are plenty of Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda loyalists out there, and a few seriously devoted AMC Javelin guys, but the Camaro and Mustang take the biggest piece of the fan pie.

May
31
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1971 GMC vehicles (Canada)

Even the most casual car person knows that GM stands for General Motors. It’s a tidy acronym that can spare journalists and message-board users alike a little time and effort.

May
16
1941 DeSoto, Classic DeSoto Ads

1941 DeSoto

I was born in 1965, and to the best of my memory, I never saw a DeSoto being used as a daily driver. Of course, cars didn’t last quite as long in those days, and by the time I was paying attention to cars, the last of the DeSotos would have been almost 10 years old.

Mar
16
1983 Ford Thunderbird

1983 Ford Thunderbird

I graduated from high school in 1983. The third year of President Ronald Reagan’s first term was pretty good to me—I spent the summer working full time at a service station, I starting taking classes at a local junior college, and I spent a considerable amount of time looking at, reading about, and talking about cars.

Feb
02
Classic Ads 1982

1982 Dodge Charger 2.2

There is an air of parsimony to the automotive print ads of 1982. Take in all of the examples and take note of the following:

Dec
21
1977 Ford Falcon

1976 Ford Falcon

An important automotive anniversary passed with little fanfare recently. At least, it passed with little fanfare here in the United States.

Dec
15
1960 Edsel, Classic Edsel Ads

1960 Edsel

By now we all know the Edsel story. It’s a brutal tale having to do with market timing, a recession, and a bunch of bad luck. If you’d like to read more about the Edsel end days, click here.

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