Video of the Day: Car commercials of the ‘50s and ‘60s

Auto marketers show how to sell style over substance

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A 1958 Chevy is shown bursting out of .... something

The post-war boom was defined in most respects by the roaring success of the auto industry, when chrome was king and an automobile was presented as an artistic showpiece.

The Video of the Day is not so much a compilation of old car ads as a highlight reel of some of the boasts and hyperbole that surrounded the marketing of Detroit’s finest.  

Or, as one of the commenters noted, “Damn, Dinah Shore was hot.”

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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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