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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.

I feel much the same way about the cars and music of 1969. The psychedelic and highly theatric performances of bands like the Moody Blues (seen here) clash for me with the traditional mass and chromey heft of vehicles like the Cadillac Eldorado or the über pragmatic Toyota Corolla.

I realize that cultural contrast is an essential component of social evolution—but I have a hard time imaging anyone in a ’69 Dodge Polara listening to “Ride My SeeSaw.”

No matter the changing times, 1969 was a great year for cars. Collected here are ten classic ads from the tumultuous year—none of which seems to reflect the changing times. If you have a favorite among the cars shared here, tell us which it is. The place to leave comments is below the last ad.

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BMW

1969 BMW Ad

1969 BMW Ad

 

Buick

1969 Buick Skylark Ad

1969 Buick Skylark Ad

 

Cadillac

1969 Cadillac Eldorado

1969 Cadillac Eldorado Ad

 

Chevrolet

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Ad

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Ad

 

Chrysler

1969 Chrysler Ad

1969 Chrysler Ad

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Dodge

1969 Dodge Polara/Monaco Ad

1969 Dodge Polara/Monaco Ad

 

Ford

1969 Ford Mustang Ad

1969 Ford Mustang Ad

 

Imperial

1969 Imperial Ad

1969 Imperial Ad

 

Oldsmobile

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1969 Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser Ad

 

Toyota

1969 Toyota Corolla Ad

1969 Toyota Corolla Ad

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