Posts from ‘Classic Ads’

Apr
21
1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruise

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Sometimes hindsight plays tricks on us. I have always been uncomfortable that the Talking Heads’ seminal album More Songs about Buildings and Food was available on 8-Track tape.

I associate the 1978 album with a progressive musical movement that endured through the Eighties. That fact that that same music could be purchased in a lousy, short-lived format known for premature failure is difficult for me to square.

Apr
19
1979 Ford Pinto

1979 Ford Pinto

Have you noticed that the term “economy car” seems to have fallen out of common use in recent years? We think there’s good reason for that. With the average transaction price of a new vehicle hovering around $36,000, and the even the least-expensive new rides going for $18,000 or better, there isn’t much out there that feels economical.

Apr
14
1968 Imperial

1968 Imperial

Folks are fond of recalling epidemics. We all know about the Black Death plague of medieval times, but do you recall hearing about the Great Plague of Vienna (look it up) or the Russian Plague of 1770?

Apr
04
1967 Dodge Polara

1967 Dodge Polara 500

Maybe you agree. Seems to these eyes that by the late Sixties, cars were taking on a decidedly masculine look and feel. This was, of course, the beginning of the muscle-car age, but there was more to it than that.

Mar
31
1966 Dodge Monaco

1966 Dodge Monaco

For the ABC television network, 1966 was a big year. The network elected to introduce 16 new programs that season–more than half of its prime-time lineup up. You can watch the intros from all of ABC’s new-for-’66 programs below.

Mar
24
1956 Buick Special Wagon

1956 Buick Special Wagon

The emergence of automotive tail fins can be attributed in a large part to America’s fascination with air and space travel. At the dawn of the jet age, it was common for manufacturers to hawk their wares–automotive and otherwise–with references to fighter planes and rockets.

Mar
22
1971 AMC SC/360

1971 AMC Hornet SC/360

As far as evocative colors go, it’s tough to match the power of the word blue. Blue chip stocks are good investments, a blue mood suggests sadness, and musically, the blues gave birth to rock & roll.

Mar
17
1958 Dyna Panhard Ad

1958 Panhard Ad

Our culture is ripe with inappropriately used adjectives. Marketers toss the word “turbo” around with reckless abandon, even though most applications of the Latin root have little to do with air, much less forcing air into an internal combustion engine.

Mar
16
Polonez Car ad

1980 Polonez

If you discount our brief encounter with the Yugo brand, Americans have had very little exposure to vehicles produced in what was once known as the Eastern Bloc. Western Europe, however, and even Canada, have had far greater access to such brands as Lada.

Mar
14
1965 Marlin Ad

1965 Rambler Marlin Ad

Horse lovers probably remember 1965 very fondly. Not only was ’65 the first official model year of the insanely popular Ford Mustang, but there were horses all over TV as well.

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