Category Archives: Antique Auto Advertising

Antique Auto Advertising: Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Pitching the 1955 Ford

Here is comedian Ernie Kovac and his wife, singer and dancer Edie Adams, in a humorous long form commercial for the new 1955 Fords. My guess is that Kovac himself had a hand in writing the ad – or at … Continue reading

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American Look: A Tribute to Men and Women who Design, Designing the 1959 Chevrolet

Regular readers will know that we’re big fans of the Jam Handy Organization, which produced educational and training films for schools and the military, but, more important to our focus here, was essentially General Motors’ motion picture studio. Sure they … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: America Takes On The Imports – AMC Gremlin

Without the financial resources of the Big 3, AMC could not afford to make a completely new subcompact car to compete with VW, Toyota, Datsun and now GM & Ford. Instead, like Chrysler they looked to one of their existing … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: America Takes On The Imports – Plymouth Duster

Chrysler decided to compete with the compact imports by not competing, and in doing so, they ensured that no Mopar nameplates have made “worst of” lists like their crosstown Detroit rivals, the Pinto and Vega. Chrysler did not make a … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: America Takes On The Imports – The Chevy Vega Family

I’m not sure if this is the first Vega commercial or not, but it is from 1971, the late and mostly unlamented Vega’s first model year.

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Antique Auto Advertising: America Takes On The Imports – Ford Pinto

For this episode of Antique Auto Advertising I decided to look back at when the American car companies first started taking small imported cars seriously. Oh, there was a brief flirtation with compacts like the Ford Falcon and the Chevy … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: The Three Stooges Pitch Instant Simoniz

The date of this television commercial the Three Stooges shot for Simoniz isn’t clear, but since ‘Curly Joe’ DeRita is in it, this must date to after 1959, when the Stooges had a comeback following the television syndication of their … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: It’s The New Motoramic Chevrolet! 10 Jam Handy Commercials From 1955

1955 was a big year for Chevy. It marked the introduction of Chevrolet’s first V8 engine, what would become known as the “small block Chevy”. It also marked a dramatic change in styling from the dowdy cars of the early … Continue reading

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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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