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?
It’s said that safety sells, but when it comes to classic car ads, the emphasis was always on power. Nonetheless, we did manage to find a number of great print ads extolling the virtues of superior braking performance.
Note that a few of the ads shared below are not for cars, but for suppliers and insurance firms. Seems that selling safety can be a complicated business.
10-Gallon-Hat Madness! A Gallery of Cowboys in Classic Car Ads
Designer Madness! Fashion in Classic Car Ads
1951 Chrysler Corporation
Woodie Madness! Classic Ads Featuring Small Wood Sided Wagons
1951 Dow Chemicals
National-Pastime Madness! A Gallery of Baseball-Themed Auto Ads
Thanksgiving Madness! A Gallery of Autumn-Themed Auto Ads
Cocktail Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Liquor Ads
1961 Liberty Mutual
Nicotine Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Cigarette Ads
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Grabowsky Madness! 10 Classic GMC Ads
Dead-Brand Madness! 10 Classic Edsel Ads
1976 Delco Moraine
Soccer Mom Madness! 10 Classic Minivan Ads
1986 Chevrolet Corvette
Urgent-Care Madness! 15 Classic Ambulance Ads
1987 Ford F-150
Canine Madness: 10 Classic Car Ads Featuring Dogs
1987 Pontiac 6000
Emerald Madness! 10 Classic Ads Featuring Green Cars
2009 Nissan Titan
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