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Feb
26
Wood Sided Wagons

1973 Ford Pinto

Most automotive styling affectations were born of functional vehicle features. Real wire wheels, for example, lead to the faux-wire hubcaps that were so common in the Eighties, especially on Buicks and Oldsmobiles. Likewise, the vinyl and landau roof craze of the Seventies and Eighties was born of the landaulet and carriage-roof vehicles from decades earlier.

Oct
15
1964 Vista Cruiser, Classic Ads Featuring Station Wagons

1964 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

I was a wagon kid. My father owned both Chevrolet Corvair and Ford Country Squire wagons, the latter of which was equipped with the delightful rear-facing 3rd-row seat. Financially fatigued by the Ford’s thirst for fuel, my dad moved on to a Chevrolet Nova coupe that later became the first vehicle I ever drove.

Sep
29
 Car Ads Featuring Brakes

1986 Chevrolet Corvette

In terms of general statistical sexiness, brake performance has long taken a backseat to acceleration. Horsepower numbers are fun, 0-60-mph and quarter-mile times are fun. But braking? Most car guys know that reaching 60 mph from a stop in less than 6 seconds is an impressive feat. How many folks, I wonder, know what a decent time would be for coming to a complete stop from 60 mph?

Jun
03
Cutaway Vega

1972 Chevrolet Vega

Why are car ads so superficial? Sure, we all want to see what a car looks like outside, but what’s hiding there just underneath that shiny sheet metal?

Apr
28
1956 Studebaker, Classic Wagon Ads

1956 Studebaker

We have shared classic wagon advertisements before, but the bounty of great ads out there has compelled us to revisit the subject.

Mar
06
Fashion in Classic Car Ads

1947 Packard

As an automotive journalist, I am not predisposed to know much about fashion. That said, I do know a smartly attired individual when I see one.

Oct
04
PLymouth Rapid Transit System, Vintage Plymouth Ads

1972 Plymouth “Rapid Transit System”

More than most brands, Plymouth was an automotive marque with many personalities. As a kid, I knew no one with an interesting Plymouth. I learned to drive on a Slant-Six-powered 1974 Valiant that had been repainted by Earl Scheib.

Sep
26
1974 Honda Civic

1974 Honda Civic

Honda began running its “We make it simple” television and radio campaign in the late Seventies. The ads, which included an arguably catchy jingle, made the point that Honda automobile ownership was simple and uncomplicated. One 1978 television ad, for example, demonstrated that the Civic came with just a single key which worked in the ignition, doors, glove box, and locking fuel-filler door.

Aug
28
1965 Buick, Classic Buick Ads

1965 Buick Electra 225

Buick is one of the oldest automotive brands still in existence, and it has a number of cool feathers in its cap. The upscale automaker is credited with selling the first car powered by an overhead-valve engine (1904), and becoming the first division of General Motors (1908).

May
17
Classic Ads From 1985

1985 Buick Electra

Which of the following events was more jarring? The addition of Elmo to the cast of Sesame Street, or the introduction of a front-wheel-drive Buick Electra? Both events, coincidentally, took place in 1985, and both events were met with a certain amount of grumbling.