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



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