Vintage Car Ads

Selling the 1937 Plymouth with an effective advertising movie

(September 3, 2014) After watching the 11-minute commercial on the 1937 Plymouth we wanted to jump out of our chair and head to the nearest Plymouth dealer for a test drive. To say the commercial was persuasive is an understatement.

The brand appeared in 1928, Chrysler Corp.'s first entry in the so-called low-priced field, which was dominated by Ford and Chevrolet at the time.

Lessons in driving etiquette from Chevrolet — 1936 style

(August 28, 2014) Chevrolet produced some interesting — and informative — short movies in the 1930s for showing presumably at movie houses before the main feature.

This seven-minute production, "Turnabout Man," is rather unique because it doesn't push the Chevrolet brand, but offers lessons in road manners, lessons we could apply to driving today.

Chrysler's revolutionary Airflow vehicle explained in a 1934 film

(June 30, 2014) Chrysler was the first American automaker to streamline a vehicle when it introduced the Chrysler Airflow in 1934. Led by Chrysler engineer Carl Breer, the company sought to build a car that was less susceptible to air resistance to get more performance from the engine and increase gas mileage.

Air conditioning at a good price in 1955 Hudson Hornet

(May 20, 2014) The Hudson Hornet was redesigned for 1955 under the auspices of the merged Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator, formed in 1954 as American Motors Corporation. One of the new features of the Hornet was an air conditioning system.

Documentary depicts Chevrolet's vast ad campaign for its new 1937 car

(May 5, 2014) An interesting nearly 14-minute documentary from 1936 depicts the extent of the vast advertising blitz Chevrolet was planning in its run-up to Nov. 7, 1935, the day the new 1937 Chevrolet was to be introduced in showrooms around the country.

1935 advertisement touts attributes of 1935 V-8 Ford

(March 24, 2014) Ford completely refreshed its popular V-8 Ford for the 1935 model year giving it a more modern appearance that included a grille pushed forward and more integrated fenders.

The transverse leaf spring suspension remained for 1935, but the front spring was relocated ahead of the axle to allow more interior volume. The body was lowered and new "Center-Poise" seating improved comfort.

The 1959 Ford: A 'beautifully proportioned car'

(March 7, 2014) As the final Ford in the design cycle that began with the all-new 1957, the 1959 Ford Galaxie and other models received far more changes than most end-of-the-line evolutions, probably because Ford knew an all-new 1959 Chevrolet was coming.

The previous 116-inch-wheelbase models moved over to the 118-inch Fairlane/Fairlane 500 span. New outer panels covered a much-changed 1957-1958 inner structure, resulting in bigger, brighter, blockier cars.

Packard brings the Clipper back for 1953 model year

(February 13, 2014) In 1953, Packard reintroduced the Cliipper name after a five year absence on its entry-level car replacing the Packard 200 in the hopes of increasing sales with a "more affordable" Packard. The Clipper was available in Special and Deluxe trim models and two-door and four-door sedans.

Preparing salesmen to sell the 1940 Studebaker Champion

(January 17, 2014) Studebaker designed a clean-sheet entry level nameplate, the Champion, for the 1939 model year to bolster sagging sales. The effort paid off with the Champion becoming one of the company's best selling models.

The Champion offered a low starting price of $660 and excellent gas mileage for the time. Champions became even more popular during World War II with gas rationing.

Old cars are like haunted houses — unless you drive a Chevy

(January 9, 2014) Just like a house, a car has to have a strong foundation. Chevrolet in a 10-minute movie released in 1935 describes how a old cars are like haunted houses, unless you are the owner of a 1935 Chevrolet.

Making the car's frame strong and rigid with several cross-members is depicted in an animated drawing. Finding the point of maximum stress was the goal of Chevy's engineers in the mid-30s, according to the movie.

A very interesting video from nearly 80 years ago.