Nostalgic car commercials from the 1950s and ’60s

A compilation of American car ads feature favorite rides of the past

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Here’s a solid dose of nostalgia with a 20-minute compilation of car and truck commercials from the 1950s and ’60s.

The ads include the wonders of Tri-5 Chevys, a “red-carpet” ride in an AMC Ambassador, big-block Edsels, beating the urethane nose of a Pontiac GTO with a crow bar, hauling a Chevy truck up the side of a perpendicular cliff, electric Ford Mustang toys and cartoon mice enjoying a ’55 Rambler. 

There’s even a short training film for Sinclair gas-station dealers.

Presented by the Classic Car Garage, these ads display the wants and concerns of mid-century car buyers.  Some of the ads, though undoubtedly sincere, are downright bizarre. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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