When it came time to advertise the new for 1984 Continental Mark VII Lincoln took the road less traveled, admitting they had been unable to compete with their competition—until now.
When we came across this amusing video of what appears to be an ice resurfacing machine cruising at highway speeds on Bangshift.com this past week we had a simple question—how did someone turn a Zamboni into a street legal vehicle.
They didn't know exactly what to call it or precisely how to market it, but this vintage advertisement suggests Isuzu had at least one specific purpose in mind for the Trooper—escaping the equally confused local police.
Behold the "Doubting Thomases", they line the street wearing trench coats murmuring no in a creepy manner. If that wasn't bad enough, they don't believe anything you tell them about cars.
What better way to advertise your entry in the competitive mid eighties compact car market than inviting the world's strongest man to lift it up and try and keep it from moving forward? There wasn't one in Ford's eyes because that is exactly what they did in this vintage Ford Tempo commercial.
The spokeswoman featured in this commercial had men buying cars for her entire life. From the really cool Nash Metropolitan her Dad purchased for her to the significantly less cool Malaise era GM clamshell station wagon provided by her husband, the car making decisions had been made for her by someone else.
These days finding a rust free vintage Datsun truck is nearly impossible. According to this commercial, back in 1984 "the port" was overflowing with so many of them, they needed an actor dressed like a captain to announce their big clearance sale.
Chevrolet was taking charge with their "High Output" Camaro for 1984. The company was so proud of the updated Z28 they decided to create this vintage advertisement showing the new Camaro doing what it did best—dodging computer generated orbs and stopping for Godzilla like creatures in the middle of the road.
Cadillac touted the 1976 Eldorado as its last convertible product ever, causing speculators to rabidly snap them up. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 1984 Eldo ragtop may have been Caddy's way of saying just kidding, but should its price be taken seriously?
We aren't exactly sure what inspires someone to put a Jeep CJ-7 body and the chassis of a 1984 Corvette, but this is what the mostly finished result looks like. This odd combination is currently on Ebay waiting for someone else who wants a Corvette that looks like a Jeep badly enough to finish up this bizarre project.
Put on your weird metallic silver gloves and brace yourself for the self congratulatory glimpse into the future that is this 1984 Chevrolet Corvette commercial. At the time Chevrolet was so confident you'd never seen anything like the entirely redesigned ‘Vette before, they needed 90 seconds to tell the world.
Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's a very clean Spider Veloce, fresh from California.
LeMons racing's highest award, the Index of Effluency, goes to the vehicle that achieves the most from the least. This time we saw a Daihatsu Charade finish 34th and a Plymouth Belvedere finish 33rd... but one car beat them both.
So you've got numbers-matching, date-code-obsessed Mopar fanatics paying forty octillion bucks for 318-powered '70 Chargers, and you've got Shelby fanatics paying eighty octillion bucks for replica AC Cobras. How about a super-rare automatic-equipped '84 Shelby Charger?
The J Body wasn't quite GM's finest hour, but let's travel back to 1984 and experience the Firenza, Quebec style!
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. All this time and we haven't seen a single GM G Body in this series?
Cars are growing too complex, and we're not the first to complain about it. We probably can't stop the rise of the self-driving car, but we need to stop and remember why we first climbed behind the wheel.