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These Vintage Car Advertisements Haven’t Aged Well

Marketing has come a long way since the '50s.

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'52 oldsmobile adPhoto: Reminisce

“Rocket” Oldsmobile

This modern classic hit the market in the 1950s. Its print ad said that it offered hydraulic steering and a new Hydra-Matic Super Drive engine! Sounds very sci-fi.

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Dodge Dart

This new car had room for a sizable crew—and a low price tag, to boot. The print ad published in 1960 showed exactly how you could squeeze six adults in there. Wonder how comfortable they were?

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’67 Grand Prix

You could put the top down on the new ’67 Grand Prix to make a luxurious convertible.

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’63 Mercury Comet

This model was one of Ford’s first convertibles. It offered adjustable brakes and an optional stick shift.

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’68 Cutlass S

This ’68 Oldsmobile was marketed as anything but “old,” targeting a new demographic with the “Youngmobile” tagline.

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’66 Dodge Polara

The Polara promised more “go, show, and spice” for the same price as smaller models. Exactly what “spice” entails is anyone’s guess.

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Buick Skylark

This Buick hit the market in 1964 and offered a “posh and peaceful” interior.

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Mercury Cyclone ’67

The Mercury Cyclone was marketed as “the Man’s Car for men who like their action big!” My, how advertising has changed!

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Monte Carlo Landau

Chevrolet designed this elegantly sculpted automobile in 1970 with the intention of turning heads.

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1963 Dodge

This car was almost 18 feet long! Imagine trying to parallel park that beast in a city spot these days…

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Swept-Wing, 1958

The Swept-Wing by Dodge offered a more “cooped-up” look. Did that mean something different back in the ’50s?

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Dodge Coronet

When this shiny red convertible hit the market in 1966, it was advertised as being “slim and trim” and “neat and nifty.”

These vintage car commercials have not aged well!

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Monterey S-55, 1962

Wow. That’s a lot of red.

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’60 De Soto

You didn’t have to be rich to buy this car, but the advertisement sure made it seem nice.

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Command Performance

This shiny gold car by Cadillac came out in 1968.

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Originally Published in Reminisce