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The allure of 60s cigarette commercials

Boing Boing pal Jim Leftwich turned us on to this ten-minute collection of Newport, Kent, and York TV ads from the 1960s. Jim writes: Woah, no wonder everyone smoked. They sold the lifestyle hard. And I'm grooving on the Newport vibe. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Cancer, Cigarettes, Jim, Newport, Vintage Ads, The 1960s, Jim Leftwich, Newport Kent, York TV


How THE MANDALORIAN is making old Kenner action figures relevant again

I have an older cousin who I used to think was the coolest dude ever. He always had hot girlfriends, he was always hammered, and he had an in-ground pool and a half-pipe in his backyard. What else do you need? — Read the rest
Tags: Star Wars, Post, Toys, News, Action Figures, Kenner, Vintage Ads, The Mandalorian, Vintage Toy


Six ways to sell the 1969 Firebird 400

Vintage ads courtesy of the Automotive History Preservation Society. Many automakers diversified their advertising content for the same car to reach more potential buyers, and Pontiac was no different. Prime examples of the imaginative techniques used to sell the 1969 Firebird 400 are revealed in various print ads that ran in the magazines of the day. From the colorful, enticing, and celebrated artwork of Fitz and Van (Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman) depicting the low Wide-Track Firebirds in e...
Tags: Literature, Autos, Van, Pony Cars, Pontiac, Fitz, Van Kaufman, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Automobilia, Auto Art, Vintage Ads, Magazine Advertisements, Vintage Advertising, Pontiac Firebird 400


Buick’s 1964 LeSabre – an expensive car with an affordable price

1964 Buick LeSabre two-door convertible. Magazine advertising courtesy of Lov2XLR8. Introduced as a new line in 1959, Buick’s fullsize LeSabre models were completely restyled for 1961. Three years later, the second-generation design soldiered on, though with declining sales numbers in its final year. To boost sales prior to a 1965 redesign, Buick lowered the price of most 1964 LeSabre models (wagons excluded) and took an interesting approach to marketing, pitching the LeSabre as an expensive ca...
Tags: Advertising, Gm, Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, Buick, Buick LeSabre, Dodge Polara, Dodge Chrysler, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Hemmings publications, Vintage Ads, Chrysler Newport, Estate Wagons


So what’s the warranty like on that Saturn I?

Shakespeare discussed diversification as a business practice centuries before Walter P. Chrysler was born, but the modern industrial practice of diversification really got its start with economist and Nobel prize winner Harry Markowitz in the 1950s. American automakers in particular (many of which grew out of or dissolved into proto-diversification practices of the early Twentieth Century) took to the practice in the Sixties – it is, after all, how Studebaker as a company survived its tenure a...
Tags: Autos, Chrysler, Dodge, Shakespeare, Plymouth, Hummer, Walter P Chrysler, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car, Sixties, Vintage Ads, Military Vehicles, Diversification, Simca, Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads


Our sporty 1967 Impala led a less-than-glamorous life in the 1970s

Back in the mid-1970s, my family acquired a 1967 Impala sport coupe to serve as our second car. It would endure school drop-off and pick-up duty, grocery shopping, transporting items that we didn’t want to load or couldn’t fit into our primary car, and perform other everyday tasks. I can still recall the day we bought it and that the settled-upon price was $400. It was Marina Blue with blue interior, was equipped with a 275-hp 327 engine and automatic transmission, and was stock down to the wh...
Tags: Videos, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Bel Air, Chevrolet Impala, Impala, Biscayne, Used Car, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Family Albums 'n Four-speeds, Television Ad


Remember taking the "Nestea Plunge" when it was hot?

"101 degrees in the shade..." It's been hot in the Bay Area and I was joking with a friend that we should take the "Nestea Plunge." They had no idea what I was talking about which surprised me, given the iconic ad campaign ran from the 1970s through the 1990s (and came back in 2014). I grew up on Cape Cod, so we didn't have a pool, we just went to the beach when it was hot. For hours, my friends and I would put our arms out and fall backwards into the Atlantic, trying to reenact the Plunge...
Tags: Post, Video, Commercials, News, Advertising, Summer, Atlantic, Ads, Cape Cod, Bay Area, Seventies, Eighties, Summertime, Vintage Ads, Trust Falls, Pamela des Barres


When less (money) was more (sales) – Plymouth’s 1968 Road Runner

1968 Plymouth Road Runner. Ad courtesy Lov2XLR8. A casual observer may have said that Mopar had all the muscle cars it needed in 1967, but Chrysler’s market research indicated that simply wasn’t the case. To appeal to the broadest segment of enthusiasts, Chrysler took a less-is-more approach by de-contenting a Belvedere, adding licensed cartoon graphics and a purpose-built 383 V-8, and launching the car as the 1968 Road Runner. The first muscle car with a cartoon character tie-in (in this case,...
Tags: Literature, Autos, Chrysler, Plymouth, Belvedere, Warner Brothers, Plymouth Road Runner, MASLOW, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Magazine Advertisements, Muscle Car, Carter AVS


The 82-mph Exotic: 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia brochure

Images are from the brochure collection of Hemmings Motor News, courtesy of Bruce Zahor. In its heyday of the 1960s, Volkswagen’s advertising was famously–and cleverly–self-deprecating, the brilliant work of the New York agency Doyle Dane Bernbach. The understatement that made the print and commercial ads so groundbreaking could also be seen in VW’s dealer showroom brochures, like this example, shown below, created to sell the model year 1969 Karmann Ghia coupe and convertible. The juxtapositi...
Tags: New York, America, Vw, Porsche, Factories, Literature, Autos, Volkswagen, Locations, Opel, Dealerships, Mercedes Benz, Karmann Ghia, Hemmings Daily, Automobilia, Hemmings Motor News


The Ford Granada: Like a Mercedes-Benz 450SE with a $16,319 rebate

Magazine ad courtesy of LOV2XLR8. Introduced for the 1975 model year, Ford’s Granada was initially intended to replace a pair of aging mid-sizers: the Maverick and the Torino. In marketing its newest sedan and coupe, Ford set its sights on an ambitious across-the-pond rival – the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. From a distance, both the Granada and the Mercedes-Benz W116, the object of comparison in the ad featured here, did sport conservative box-on-box styling. Given enough schnapps (or, on this side ...
Tags: Germany, Ford, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Stuttgart, Granada, Seventies, Northern Germany, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Automobilia, Hemmings publications, Midsize Cars, Vintage Ads, Magazine Advertisements


Shelby Celebrates the King this Weekend

The Shelby GT500 KR’s 50th birthday? It’s as good an excuse as any to put on a movie night and car show at Carroll Shelby International in California this Friday and Saturday. According to organizers of the Shelby Los Angeles Weekend bash, May 18-19 (19021 S. Figueroa Street in Gardena), the event will kick off with a free screening of Bullitt at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Attendees will also get a look at the 2019 Bullitt-edition Ford Mustang as part of a Bullitt-Mustang-themed car display. S...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Shows, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Chevrolet, Shelby American, San Pedro, Replicas, Kurt, Shelby, Santana, Gardena, New York International Auto Show, Carroll Shelby


11 down-and-dirty GM action ads of the 1960s

Ads courtesy of the Automotive History Preservation Society. Add dirt, add drama! It was a simple and effective recipe for 1960s new-car ads at General Motors and some other automakers. A dirt road or sandy beach would allow a Division’s latest offering to produce a cloud of dust that would make its performance and appearance seem a bit larger than life. After all, it wasn’t just quick, it was also creating its own sandstorm. The same tactic could be applied to piles of leaves being blown off ...
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Malibu, 1960s, Pontiac, Chevelle, Hemmings Daily, Vintage Ads, Corvair Monza, New-car Ads, Automotive History Preservation Society Add, Pontiac Fullsize


The 1977 Oldsmobile Omega V-6 Sports Pack SX offered a muscular appearance without all the horsepower

1977 Omega V-6 Sports Pack Ad. From the author’s collection. If you didn’t need your mid-to-late-1970s ride to be particularly fast, but still found a sporty look and precise handling alluring, automakers obliged by offering bucket seats, consoles, thick-rimmed steering wheels, gauges, stripes, spoilers, improved suspension systems, stylish wheels, and sticky raised-white-letter radial tires for many of their models. Also arriving during the same decade were bigger bumpers, stronger roofs, stan...
Tags: California, Autos, Rockets, Buick, Oldsmobile, Rallye, Hydra Matic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Daily, Vintage Ads, Custom Sport, 1977 Oldsmobile, Omega V-6 Sports Pack


Marketing Fuel: Yesterday’s engaging display ads for gasoline

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the most entertaining marketing for automotive products was issued by the gasoline companies. Their display ads were amusing, engaging, and many times downright funny. Though the gas companies rarely were specific about why we needed to buy their brand of gasoline, the way the copy was written, and the accompanying comical illustrations surely made you want to try it the next time you needed to fill up. SUNOCO “The highest octane pump grade gasoline you can buy!” M...
Tags: Texas, Autos, Shell, Chevron, Products, Gulf, Featured Posts, Phillips, Jim, Sinclair, Sunoco, Texaco, Jim Hall, Esso, Ethyl, Hemmings Daily


AACA Museum announces fall opening for the new Clyne Gateway Exhibit Gallery

Rendering courtesy AACA Museum. Back in April, our friends at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, announced that they had recently reached their fundraising goals to construct a new visitor entrance, the Clyne Gateway. Constructed in the style of a 1940s automobile dealership, complete with period-style chrome and glass, the new Clyne Gateway will echo similar full-size diorama-like display areas inside the museum. The new space will also double as an additional gallery for the museum. T...
Tags: Shows, Autos, Locations, Clubs, Dealerships, AACA Museum, Hershey Pennsylvania, Roger White, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Hemmings Daily, Museums And Collections, Exhibitions And Events, Auto Art, Vintage Ads, International Thunderbird Club, National Corvette Restorers Society


Buick’s Best Buys

  Marketing automobiles has certainly come a long way since the days prior to World War II. Back then, when a dealer wanted to get the word out about the cars that he was selling, he would either advertise his inventory in the local newspaper or have special postcards printed listing the cars in stock. I recently found this “Buick’s Best Buys” postcard in an antique store near me; for a mere $1 I couldn’t pass it up. The dealer, Rockville Garage, lists the cars in no specific order as the year...
Tags: Accessories, Advertising, Autos, Buick, Jefferson, Hemmings Classic Car, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Vintage Advertising, Buick dealerships, Rockville Garage


Rediscovering yesteryear’s gas station services and automotive products

They still provide fuel for your car, but over the past several decades, the majority of gas stations have shifted from servicing cars to providing more services for the people who drive them. There are various reasons why, not the least of which is that cars today have fewer serviceable parts than they did in the 1960s and 1970s for instance, and the maintenance intervals are greater. Back then, along with promoting their specific mix of gasoline, which they claimed to be better for your car ...
Tags: Videos, Autos, Phillips, Texaco, Mobil, Hemmings Classic Car, Automobilia, Road Trips And Cruising, Vintage Ads, Gas Stations, Petroliana, Service Station, Power Gulf No nox


1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire promo film… in color!

Still image from video below. I briefly discussed my interest in the 1962 and 1963 turbocharged Oldsmobile Jetfire in Five reasons why I want these five 1960s GM compacts for the Hemmings Daily back on February 22, 2016. Kurt Ernst also presented them in Cars of Futures Past – 1962-1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire posted on April 18, 2013.  Recently, I discovered an additional route by which fans of these forward-thinking Oldsmobiles can enjoy them – via this 14-minute color promo film on the 1962 Jetf...
Tags: Videos, Ferrari, Gm, Autos, Buick, Kurt, Oldsmobile, Hydra Matic, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Oldsmobile Jetfire, Kurt Ernst, Promotional Videos, Jetfire


Four Links – Datsun pitchman Glen Campbell, engineering the Pontiac Fiero, touring the Packard plant on foot, details on detailing

Singer, songwriter, actor, and television host Glen Campbell died on August 8 after a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s disease. One of Campbell’s roles that few remember is Datsun pitchman; as Japanese Nostalgic Car points out, the singer’s support of the Los Angeles Open, sponsored by Datsun, saved the event and probably sold more than a few Datsun 240Zs and 510s.   *Pontiac’s mid-engine, plastic-bodied Fiero has its devotees, but from an evolutionary perspective, the platform was a de...
Tags: Accessories, Glen Campbell, Porsche, Factories, Gm, Autos, Detroit, Products, Locations, Campbell, Pontiac, Pontiac Fiero, Hemmings Classic Car, Packard plant, Datsun, Detailing


The high-style handler: 1976-’77 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

Magazine ad from author’s collection. I’ve always appreciated the 1976 and 1977 Oldsmobile 442’s for their “slant back grille,” semi-fastback roof, chiseled lines, plush interior, and capable suspension system. Optional on the Cutlass S, the W29 442 Appearance and Handling Package added a special body side paint treatment with billboard “442” callouts, “442” decal on the decklid, Y74 bright rocker panel and wheel opening moldings and the corner-craving FE2 Rallye suspension. The latter include...
Tags: Videos, California, Advertising, Autos, Chevy, Seventies, Buick, Rallye, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Custom Sport, Oldsmobile 4-4-2


A 1966 GTO fitted with cancelled ‘8-Lug’ wheels is featured in a Pontiac sales film

Still image from video below. The 1964 GTO appealed to a power-hungry baby-boomer market and easily exceeded its sales projections. A new nose and tail and higher engine output made it even more popular for 1965, but in the following year, a sales record was set. For 1966, the GTO became its own series. Thanks to modernized exterior styling and revised instrument panel and bucket seat designs, as well as an expanding performance image, 96,946 were sold. Coke bottle side styling and a recessed ...
Tags: Videos, Gm, Autos, Rochester, Gto, Carter, Pontiac, Muncie, Pontiac GTO, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Tri Power, 1966 Pontiac GTO


See America – Ride Greyhound

From the East coast to the West, and every big city, small town and National Park in between, you could always rely on Greyhound to get you there. Greyhound Lines was America’s most popular bus service; they were reliable, affordable, friendly, and comfortable thanks to a fleet featuring the latest, most modern buses available at the time. These vintage Greyhound ads from the 1950s and ‘60s showcase all the wonderful ways to see this great country of ours, and how Greyhound could make all your...
Tags: Florida, Texas, California, Alabama, America, West, Canada, Atlantic, New Orleans, Autos, Michigan, Buses, East Coast, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, National Park


General Motors Concept Ad

Ad courtesy of Roger Peroutka. Rarely have auto manufacturers had advertising created to showcase the talent of their engineers, and the concept cars they built. But this ad from 1952 showcases two GM concepts, the XP-300 and the Le Sabre. Clearly, the folks at General Motors were proud of the innovations that their engineers designed, including the supercharged 335-horsepower V-8 made of aluminum that weighted only 550 pounds which powered the stylish XP-300 concept car. While the blue Le S...
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Detroit, Sabre, Cadillac, Fisher, Fifties, Hemmings Classic Car, Dream Cars, Show Cars And Prototypes, Vintage Ads, Le Sabre, GM Le Sabre, Buick XP-300


There’s a Crosley for you! America’s favorite small car

Brochure images from author’s collection. If you prefer American cars over those from Europe, but still favor small over large, then consider owning a Crosley. Consider this: most Crosleys were about 145 inches long, which is just 12 feet in length; overall heights run around 49 inches, or about four-feet. Weight? Try about 1,155 pounds, which is nearly 500 pounds lighter than an MG Midget. Horsepower? Well, one certainly never bought a Crosley for its performance ability, but if you can live ...
Tags: Europe, America, Autos, Cincinnati Ohio, Crosley, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Vintage Ads, American cars, Vintage Brochures, Powell Crosley Jr


Chevrolet’s Car Conservation Plan

Ad courtesy of Robert Beaver. During World War II new cars simply were not available as most auto manufacturers stopped producing cars in January and February of 1942 before switching over to the production of airplanes, tanks and all sorts of war materiel. So whichever car you owned you had to maintain it as best you could because new car production wouldn’t start up again until 1946. Well-maintained used cars were sold at a premium as there was a dearth of available automobiles. So to ensure...
Tags: Maintenance, World War Ii, Autos, Chevrolet, Hemmings Classic Car, Forties, Vintage Ads, Robert Beaver


Four-Links – the “please leave” Brougham, the Streur-Hoppe streamliner, the Ford ad collection, and the 125 MPH TR

Typically, a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham will get its owner into just about any social gathering. Not so for Steve Drale, who – according to an account on Kustomrama – bought Sinatra’s old Brougham and tried to elbow his way into a gathering of Hollywood celebs with similar cars. * The Old Motor assembled some photos and video clips of a rear-engine streamliner built by a couple Consolidated Aircraft employees in the Thirties. The work looks pro; wonder where it is now? * Duke University’...
Tags: Videos, Hollywood, Ford, Literature, Autos, Frank Sinatra, Shell, Motorsports, Clubs, Sinatra, Thirties, Duke University, Pall Mall, Royal Automobile Club, Fifties, Hemmings Classic Car


Look how well Trump’s comments about women match up to sexist vintage ads

If Donald Trump didn’t happen to be President of the United States, perhaps he could’ve tried his hand at advertising copywriting. In 1952. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-queerty_article_inline_unit_1"); }); A project by Syrian artist Saint Hoax, “Make America Misogynistic Again” handpicks some of Trump’s most memorably misogynistic statements about women and emblazons them on sexist old-school advertisements. As ...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Lifestyle, America, United States, Donald Trump, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Trump, Vintage Ads


The return of the black and gold – Pontiac’s 1982 Recaro Trans Am

The 1982 Pontiac Recaro Trans Am Special Edition. Photos courtesy The Old Car Manual Project. When Pontiac introduced its third-generation Firebird Trans Am for the 1982 model year, it wanted to remind consumers that the model’s heritage hadn’t been forgotten. Dating to 1976 as a production model (and 1973 as a concept), the black-with-gold paint scheme immortalized by the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit had always proven popular with buyers, so in 1982 Pontiac revived a special edition Trans ...
Tags: Autos, Pony Cars, Pontiac, Pontiac Trans Am, Trans Am, Smokey, Eighties, Firebirds, Parella, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Goodyear Eagle, Recaro, Vintage Ads, Trans Ams, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition, Pontiac Recaro


27 Pontiacs and 27 Tempests were awarded in General Mills “Big G” cereal contests for 1961

Artwork provided by the Automotive History Preservation Society. This ad makes me envious that I wasn’t around to participate in the contest, but I can’t change the fact that it took place six years before I was born. Generals Mills and the Pontiac Motor Division conspired to create a contest whereby 27 first-place winners would receive new Pontiacs. Winning one car is amazing enough, but what makes this one even more remarkable is that these winners also received a new Tempest. That’s what ...
Tags: Advertising, Autos, General Mills, Columbia, Tempest, Pontiac, Mills, Hemmings Classic Car, Sixties, Automobilia, Vintage Ads, Pontiac Motor Division, Contest Cars, Automotive History Preservation Society, Generals Mills


Hard top…soft life – Triumph’s TR3

Magazine ad from the author’s collection. Remember the scene in the movie Viva Las Vegas when Elvis and Cesare Danova (aka, Count Elmo Mancini) are lying under the Count’s Ferrari when Ann-Margret walks into the garage? Evidently she’s experiencing car trouble with her white Triumph TR3A, and asked Elvis and the Count to check it out, although Elvis was checking out more than just the little Triumph. Four years before Viva Las Vegas was released, the Standard-Triumph Motor Company placed this ...
Tags: Hollywood, Autos, Las Vegas, Elvis, Triumph, Ann Margret, Viva Las Vegas, Automobilia, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, British cars, Vintage Ads, Magazine Advertisements, Triumph TR3A, Cesare Danova, Elmo Mancini, Standard Triumph Motor Company