As you may have heard, BMW recently celebrated 25 years of building V12 engines. Our collective hats are off to the boffins in Munich for this important accomplishment.
Okay, enough with all of that Japander crap we've had on Classic Ad Watch the last three weeks. I'm tired of those no-good furrin' cars, coming over to America and stealing our jobs and marrying our sisters with the help of Eddie Murphy and Michael J. Fox.
Alright, Jalops and Jalop-ettes. I wasn't planning on posting a classic ad featuring the "Japander" phenomenon, where a Western celebrity stars in absurd Japanese TV commercials, for the third week in a row.
Last week, we explored the phenomenon of "Japandering," whereby an American or European celebrity shills for some product in Japan. While we got to see Michael J. Fox rocking out in an Integra sedan last time, today we'll further dive into Honda's love of using American celebs in their ads, this time with the…
Ever hear the term "Japander"? It's when an American (or European) celebrity heads off to Japan to shill for some product in TV or print ads that rarely show up in their home country. It's a great way for these actors or musicians to make some money without cheapening their image in the U.S. There's even a website…
I've been effusive in my praise of the first-gen Mustang in previous posts. I think it fully deserves the credit. The original Mustang was one of the most important cars ever made, and its design still looks great today. The baby boomer generation must have seen it as sex on wheels compared to the hulking, staid…
What comes to mind when you think of the Datsun 510? Do you imagine the little coupe being hammered around a track with a transplanted SR20DET motor under its hood? Do you think of it flying around a rally course, beaten half to hell but still going like a coked-out Japanese Energizer bunny?
Ever get a song stuck in your head? How about just a fragment of one? One song has stuck with me since the 1990s. For reasons I can't even begin to explain, every now and then this pops into my head: Amigo, Amigo, for sun and love and joy/ Amigo, Amigo, it's fun for a girl and a boy…
In my weekly search for classic ads, I came across this real gem from 1986. The ad itself is fun but relatively unremarkable — we have an Audi sedan showing off its impressive AWD system by driving up a steep and snowy ramp, leading you to wonder how good it is on the street. Are you ready for an Audi?
Ugh, manual transmissions, am I right? All that clutching and shifting and engine braking and being more in control of your car – it's exhausting! Forget all the reasons you should learn to drive stick. Everyone knows we need to have our hands free so we can eat french fries or text photos of our junk to people we…
If you're of a certain age, you might remember a time when The Simpsons was one of the funniest and most-watched shows on TV. At its peak strength in the early-to-late 90s, the cartoon was packed with witty dialogue, scathing social satire and brilliant sight gags. Then it fell into decline, but for reasons I failed…
Sometimes, great ideas have unintended consequences, like when Theodore Roosevelt ended the Civil War but accidentally invented polio in the process. (That's what I learned in Texas public schools, anyway.)
Old people! You just can't trust ‘em. One minute, they're sitting in their rocking chairs, being seen and not heard like they ought to be, and the next minute they're doing their best Colin McRae impression in your Subaru XT.
Ah, the Merkur. There aren't many better examples of how poor marketing can kill a decent car. If you're a frequent visitor to Jalopnik, you know this story. But if you're a regular human being capable of healthy relationships with other people, allow me to explain.
Not gonna lie, sports fans. This ad tugged at my heartstrings. I think the same will happen to you too.
You know how it is. You're driving along in your car, minding your own business, listening to the radio or sexting someone or whatever and BAM! All of a sudden, you find yourself in some old Ben Hur movie. We've all been there, am I right?
It's not impossible to talk your way out of a traffic ticket. But as we see in this great vintage ad, driving an old-school Dodge Challenger R/T definitely won't help you make your case.
Here's the situation: You're an ad executive for the Ford Motor Company in the mid-90s. Your goal is to sell the latest generation of V8 Mustangs to the apathetic, too-cool-for-school Generation X, a group now awash in money thanks to the awesome 90s economy. (Remember that?)