Category archives: Other Features

Rewind: 1960 Ford Falcon

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

‘Is this a commercial?” Linus, a character from the Peanuts comic strip, asks in a two-minute animated TV commercial voiced by Paul Frees, also featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy, who learn about Americas best-selling compact car, the 1960 Ford Falcon.

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Dream of a lifetime fulfilled: A visit to Jay Leno’s garage

The garage has both a new Shelby GT350 Mustang and a classic version | Nicole James photos
The garage has both vintage and new Shelby GT350 Mustangs | Nicole James photos

For as long as I can remember, I have said, “I want a car collection like Jay Leno’s.” This response typically came after listing dozens of cars I’d declared as my all-time, must-have favorites that really, one could only dream of owning.

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Rewind: It’s Cheap and Ugly, the 1968 Subaru 360


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1968, Subaru of America was formed and with it came the little Subaru 360. Of course, because it was “cheap and ugly,” the “little Subaru” was featured in a series of ads highlighting its features — 66 miles per gallon, port of entry cost of $1,297, easy to fix and maintain, and the little Subaru can go everywhere a big car can and places it can’t.

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Rewind: 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

The Plymouth Roadrunner was adorned with logos and badges featuring the Roadrunner cartoon character, and in 1969 Plymouth aired a commercial depicting the iconic character and Wiley Coyote endless efforts to catch the bird.

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Rewind: 1978 Toyota Corolla


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In an effort to give people their “money’s worth,” Toyota launched a series of commercials promoting the 1978 Toyota Corolla. The ad encourages consumers to “buy it” if they find a better built, lower cost car than a Toyota.

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Rewind: The best of Dodge

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You could be Dodge Material | Youtube photo

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

While searching for car commercials one thing became clear, between 1969 and 1970 Dodge certainly had some commercials worth talking about. The moral of the story: one way or another, you’re going to catch something.

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Rewind: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”

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Rewind: The unexpected 1964 Ford Mustang, coming April 17


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1964, Ford debuted the Mustang, a car for those who “want stick-shift action and room for four,” that was “designed to be designed by you.”

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Rewind: 1955 Hudson Hornet TV commercial


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

What makes Hudson better than other cars? Donald Duck explains it’s the deeper and wider coil springs because they provided passengers with a smoother ride.

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Rewind: The best car commercials of the ’80s

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1984 Chevrolet Corvette | YouTube photo

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

After seeing car commercials created during the 1980s, it’s become apparent that it was a glorious decade full of colors, digital music, space and arcade themes. It was impossible to pick just one, so here are three top-notch ‘80s commercials: Continue reading