On The Tube: Historic Car Commercials

May 25, 2011

Remember in 1964 when Ford asked people to “Try total performance for a change."  In 1967, the Pontiac GTO was billed as “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and Volkswagen asked America to “Think Small.”  Mad-Men era ad men came up with some witty slogans during the 50s and 60s, and some of the commercials were even more memorable.  Thanks to YouTube, you can take a look back at some of the best.

Rocket Go on Regular Gas

The 1960 Oldsmobile with “Rocket engines and Quadra-Balance Ride”—sparkling new from every view.



Unmistakably Thunderbird

The 1961 Ford Thunderbird with optional swing-away steering wheel and with rearview mirror to give you a better view of the cars you leave behind. 



The Unexpected 

In 1964, the first Mustang commercial promised a new generation of Fords for a new breed of Americans wanting big shift action and room for four. 



A Driver’s Car

Bonnie, Clyde, and a car salesman make a clean getaway in this classic commercial for the 1968 Pontiac GTO.



Go See the Dodge Boys

In 1966, the Dodge Charger was a “sports wagon” that featured V-8 power, hide-a-away headlights, fast back, and four, fold-down bucket seat “to carry skis or whatever you please.”