The Ford Mustang II Was A Minor Monstrosity

The Ford Mustang is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and that's a grand thing. As the announcer in this old ad tells you all about the competition, you can hear just how many marques its outlasted. And it might be because of the awful Mustang II. » 4/19/14 9:28am Today 9:28am

The Datsun Take On Luxury Was Fantastically Vulgar

Let's play a word association game. I'm going to say a few words, and you tell me the first thing that comes to your head. Here we go: Four-speaker stereo system. Velour seats. Stirring coal. Lighted instrument panel. If you thought "Rolls-Royce Phantom," you're close. It's the 1979 Datsun 280ZX. » 4/12/14 8:47am 4/12/14 8:47am

The Old Lexus ES300 Was Obviously A "Sports" Sedan

I know what you're thinking. Wasn't the Lexus ES300 that Toyota Camry with leather that old people and maybe your mom liked to drive? The answer to that is "no." Well, it's also "yes," but if you really looked closely, you'd see nothing but the sportiest sportster of sports sedans. » 3/29/14 9:04am 3/29/14 9:04am

This Pontiac Ad Is Such A Throwback It's Almost Scary

The Pontiac Firebird was the mysteriously unloved little brother to the Chevrolet Camaro. It's not that the people who did manage to buy one didn't like it, it's that so few people managed to buy one compared to its corporate stablemate. But that didn't stop Pontiac from advertising it at the Super Bowl. » 2/08/14 9:11am 2/08/14 9:11am

AMC Heard You Like Cars So They Put A Car In Your Car

The AMC Pacer was one of the first of the American compact cars to be designed in the wake of the first Oil Crisis. But that didn't mean Americans wanted a compact car. Oh no no no no. They wanted a big, wide, properly patriotic car. And that's where the Pacer fit the bill. » 1/18/14 9:00am 1/18/14 9:00am

A Little Bit Of Snow Is No Problem With A Little Bit Of Subaru

Ninety percent of drivers are above-average, according to a recent poll I just made up based on common claims I hear on the Internet. That figure goes beyond 100 percent when the driver has four-wheel drive and winter tires, or so I'm led to believe. In reality, it doesn't hurt to have both on a Subaru. » 1/04/14 9:02am 1/04/14 9:02am

These Two Ads Show Why The Malaise Era Was Never Necessary

The "Malaise Era" is commonly defined as the decade from 1973 to 1983, when it almost seems as if American manufacturers gave up. The Big Three have their staunch apologists from that time, but if you want to know the truth, all you have to do is watch their ads. » 12/07/13 9:13am 12/07/13 9:13am

Did You Know That The Yugo Was Holy-Crap Levels Of Cheap?

The Yugo has been called a punchline. The worst car in history. Even a whale. But one thing that was no joke at all was its price – just $3,990 when it went on sale in 1987. In 2013 dollars, that's only $8202.89. Holy crap that's cheap. » 11/30/13 9:03am 11/30/13 9:03am

The Best Worst Thing About The Pontiac Le Mans Might've Been This Ad

Le Mans is the most grueling track test for both drivers and cars of any race on the planet. 24 hours long, much of it spent over 200 MPH, and all of it in France. So surely a car named "Le Mans" will reflect those qualities, right? Enter this lilliputian monstrosity, the 1988 Pontiac LeMans. » 11/23/13 9:12am 11/23/13 9:12am

Ayrton Senna Wants You To Just Move It

While the world tends to idealize Ayrton Senna nearly 20 years after his death, we shouldn't forget that he was a big racing star with big sponsorship deals. Sometimes those sponsors would just straight up give him a new family. And sometimes those sponsors would saddle him with an old Honda Prelude. » 10/26/13 9:07am 10/26/13 9:07am