Classic Car Ads

Antique and Classic Car Advertising Art from the 1910's to the 1970's
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I have long been interested in, and collected, automotive ephemera. Here are just a few of my favorites for you to enjoy. Watch for occasional witty captions contributed by my fellow collectors. I will keep uploading "new" ads here as time and space permit. I really enjoy looking at the artwork, the slogans, the period clothing and styles, all representative of an age gone by, but not forgotten.

1957 Buick Century Hardtop

Playing on the phrase "newness for the sake of newness" could easily have backfired.

1959 Cadillac Sedan

Cadillac - the Car driven by the Jet Setters!

1968 Ford Galaxie 500

From this low angle, she looks very aerodynamic--for her time.

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

I have to say, her dress really DOES bring out the color of the wheels.

1955 Buick Super

What's not to love? It's a 55 Buick in Black & Red!

1957 Pontiac Star Chief

He looks angry and She looks confused. It must be the dress!

1957 Plymouth Suburban

This one looks almost like a Norman Rockwell painting.

1950 Hudsons

I love the exaggerated length and shortened height the illustrator has employed in this drawing.

1957 Mercury

Love those taillights! (and the outfit ain't too shabby either)

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

"At Whitlock Gemologists complete discretion is assured. Your wife will never know" (by "G-Bo")

1953 Packard

Nice Car! But what IS that brown hairy thing under the table? LOL

1948 Oldsmobile

Futuramic, huh? I wonder why they stopped using that slogan? Too late to go back now!!

1963 Chrysler Turbine Car

I've always loved this car, but until I saw this I wasn't aware Chrysler used it in their print ads.

1960 Dodge Dart

The Dart Changed Dramatically Throughout the Early 1960's

1958 Edsel

Talk about Over-Confidence. "Pride Goeth Before the Fall"

1958 Cadillac

Did They Ever Look This Good in Real Life?

1957 Pontiac Star Chief

Wow! Looks Like It's About to Take Off For The Moon.

1959 Cadillac Series 62 and de Ville Sedans

Longer, Lower, and Wider than Reality. The Illustrators took more than a few "liberties"

1950 Hudson Custom Commodore Series Convertible Brougham

The Hudson illustrators really knew how to strech out their renderings.

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser in Palomino Gold

This is a wacky ad, but I actually posted it because this was my family car growing up (same color and everything), and when I turned 16 I inherited it. Of course it was rather old by then, but I still drove it until I left home for college. A virtually identical car was featured in "That '70s Show" which aired on Fox from 1998 to 2006. Ah, memories...

1958 Ford Fairlane

Nowadays, that housewife wearing an apron is a real anachronism.

1960 Cadillac

This one is filled with the super-elegant characters Cadillac liked to use in their ads of the period.

1950 Cadillac Fleetwood

More elegant characters going to classy places like the country club, in their Cadillac of course.

1958 Cadillac Fleetwood

Your chauffeur awaits...

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