Category Archives: Advertising

Before They Were Stars: George Clooney and Leonardo DeCaprio Sell JDM Daihatsus and Hondas

It’s known that successful American actors who are past their prime sometimes supplement their income doing commercials in the Far East, particularly Japan, like Bill Murray’s character in Lost In Translation. Apparently young American actors at the start of their … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Jack Somack’s Teaches Driving in an AMC Rebel

You may not know the name but you’ve probably seen the face. Character and comedic actor Jack Somack started out as an amateur, doing community theater and the like but in his fifties, his look and avuncular affect started getting … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: A Young Robert DeNiro Impresses His Parents With an 1970 AMC Ambassador

Whoever booked actors for American Motors’ ad agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s must have had a great eye for talent. We’ve already posted a Javelin ad with a young Richard Dreyfuss playing a tough young man. Here’s … Continue reading

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Is Using an Arthritic Pain Releiver’s Pitchman the Way to Get Young People to Buy Buicks?

A year before Tiger Woods’ high profile car accident in late 2009 and subsequent breakdown of his marriage, Buick already had decided to end their 9 year relationship with the golfer, fortuitously avoiding one of the drawbacks to celebrity endorsements. … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
1960 National Auto Show, Cobo Hall’s First

We’ve earlier shown the commercial for the ’61 Chevrolets that Dinah Shore shot at the 1960 National Auto Show, the first auto show held in the then new Cobo Hall, and the first time the National Auto Show was held … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
Cord Front Drive
Bonus: ’30s Movie Chase Scene w/ Auburn & Cord

The automobile known as the Cord L-29, wasn’t really the model designation given to the car by E.L. Cord. It was simply the Cord Front Drive. Usually, for Antique Auto Advertising, we feature a vintage television ad or old promotional … Continue reading

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Who Will Really Get the First New Acura NSX in Three, Maybe Two, Years? “The Waiting List Starts at #3” – Jerry & Jay Will Get NSX #001 and #002

Going over the Google Analytics stats I see that everyday we get visitors seeking answers to the question posed above, most likely because we ran a post on the Super Bowl ad for the upcoming NSX starring Jerry Seinfeld, with … Continue reading

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Selling Out: Drive By Truckers Do STP Ads

So I’m reading the comments on Baruth’s latest piece of automotive fiction (no, really, that’s no slam, Jack’s a friend, he sometimes writes fiction), with Speed TV on in the background. A commercial starts, and I hear what surely has … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Robotics Week with Automotive Robots

 Start the YouTube 3D video player. Click on the red 3D icon in the menu bar to select 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats. This year April 7-15 is National Robotics Week, enacted by a resolution of the … Continue reading

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Best Car Ads of All Time?
It Depends, Did They Sell Cars?

One of the things that I like over at Hemmings’ blog is their SIA Flashback series, which reprints feature articles from back issues of Special Interest Autos, which used to be published by Hemmings back in the dead tree era … Continue reading

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