Category Archives: Antique Auto Advertising

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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Antique Auto Advertising: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Other Disney Characters Pitch Hudsons and Nashes

1955 was a busy year for Walt Disney, what with the opening of Disneyland, his first theme park. He was also busy producing movies as well as being four years into what would become one of television’s longest running shows, … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Donald Duck Pitches Hudsons in 1955

In 1955, American Motors was still selling cars under the Nash and Hudson brands. Here’s a Hudson ad starring Donald Duck along with Huey, Luey & Duey. Donald doesn’t make much sense but I suppose that’s the point. Well, actually … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Renault Dauphine Replaces Roller Skates & LeCar Gets Air in SanFran

Renault has tried to sell cars in the US a number of times, none of them very successful. In the late 1950s, Renault tried to ride the wave of interest in compact cars like the Rambler and the VW Beetle … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
What’s A Matador?

Murilee’s Junkyard Find of a 1976 AMC Matador Barcelona edition broke an unwritten rule that every time the Matador is mentioned, the ironic-before-irony-was-cool “What’s A Matador?” ad campaign, that tried to capitalize on the model’s obscurity, must be referenced. It … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Thrill Driver’s Choice – Joie Chitwood for Chevrolet

Long before Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Evel Knieval did their first drifts, loops and jumps, there were car daredevil and thrill shows that toured the country, playing state fairs and the like. They were a big enough deal that … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Packard Proving Grounds

We’ve written about the Packard Proving Grounds and about car events held there a few times. As a matter of fact, their Cars R Stars show was just a few days ago and we’ve already started posting photos from this … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
Ford’s Village Industries

  GM hired the Jam Handy Organization to make their promotional and training films. Ford, on the other hand, decided to go with an in-house film studio, the Ford Motion Picture Laboratories. This silent film, Story of a Little River, … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
1967 & ’68 Shelby Mustang GT350 & GT500
Ford Has a Better Idea

Here are a couple of ads that Carroll Shelby shot for Ford to promote the second generation 1967 and 1968 Shelby Mustang. He first recorded the voiceover for the 1967 model year, used in a 60 second commercial that primarily … Continue reading

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