Posts from ‘Classic Ads’

Jul
17
1953 Packard Clipper

1953 Packard Clipper

There’s no question that Packard is out of business, but there is some disagreement as to when the company really wrapped things up. Though the Packard brand officially died after 1958, some purists consider 1956 to be the marque’s final year, as that was the last time the automaker built its own cars based on its own designs and technology.

Jun
23
1973 Plymouth Road Runner

1973 Plymouth Road Runner

If you were even partially hip on current events in 1973, you likely recall the OPEC Oil Crisis.

Jun
21
1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

If you give the Ford Mustang credit for anything, it should be resiliency. Introduced in 1964 as a ’65 model, the Mustang has been in continuous production ever since.

Jun
16
1981 Chrevrolet Citation

1981 Chrevrolet Citation

It was a bold move by General Motors. In one fell swoop, GM discontinued four vehicles that had grown mostly irrelevant, and replaced them with modern, cutting-edge machines perfectly tailored to meet the expectations of a changing marketplace.

Jun
07
1972 Plymouth Road Runner

1972 Plymouth Road Runner

Per most automotive historians, the automotive Malaise Era—the period during which American carmakers built relatively low-power and rather dull vehicles—ran from 1973 through 1983.

May
14
Klairmont Kollection

A bird’s-eye view of one section of the Klairmont Kollections Museum. Note the life-size gas-station replica at the rear of the room, and the dual-level display-case area for vintage scooters and other memorabilia built into the wall.

Nestled into an unassuming neighborhood in Chicago’s North Side is a large yet equally unassuming industrial building that once housed a printing company. Today, that building is home to the Klairmont Kollections, an incredible, 100,000-square-foot private museum that encompasses 300-plus vehicles, along with scads of bicycles and toy cars, a few airplanes hanging from the rafters, and a life-sized replica of a vintage gas station—and that’s just for starters. It’s a jaw-dropping array of automobilia and straight memorabilia that’s enough to keep even a casual enthusiast occupied for at least a full day… but you can’t just walk in off the street and check it out. The Klairmont Kollections might best be termed “semi-private,” since it is usually closed to the general public and available only for private functions such as weddings or corporate/charity events.

May
12
1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler

1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler

 

By 1971 you could feel the storm coming. What would later be known as the The Malaise–the painful period of dull, under-performing automobiles–would kick in just months after the ads shared here first ran. Look through these ads for clues that the new-car world was about to become a duller place. The Dodge Demon, for example, promises more style than power, with focus on stripes and appliqués instead of horsepower.

May
02
1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

Ford is doing it wrong. The current Ford Mustang GT is the highest-performance regular-production version of the brand’s beloved pony car (outside of the track-ready Shelbys), but that’s not really what a GT is. Historically speaking, at least.

Apr
25
1970 Chevrolet Impala

1970 Chevrolet Impala

Robert De Niro was cruising the Boroughs of New York City long before he played a mentally ill cabbie in the 1976 Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver–six years before, to be exact. Taxi Driver hit theaters in 1976. De Niro, however, shows off an AMC Ambassador in this forgotten ad from way back in 1970.

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.

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