Back in the 1950s, everyone was optimistic. "We'll soon be able to go to space! We'll soon eradicate polio! We'll soon nuke the Russians," the People would say. Even the French were optimistic, though in their case that meant selling a small, rear-engined car in a sea of big chrome.
The most optimistic of all, though, was their advertising, as seen here in this ad for the 1958 Renault Dauphine. Maybe it was the fact that the announcer openly admits that he's getting help on the speed issue from some dodgy camera work, or the fact that he points out the Dauphine's "maneuverability in traffic" while it drives in a straight line, but I'm not exactly buying it. See how it accelerates, too, he says. Right past that doddering old truck. Everybody's an expert, he claims, including the announcer who can't properly pronounce Renault (hint: it's closes to "Ren-OH").