Step aside, Oldsmobile, Plymouth is here with the Caravelle. It’s got enough room for six people because here at Chrysler, luxury trumps safety. Get outta’ here Buick with your Century has nothing on this.
In the late 1970s, cars were getting smaller. While it took the United States a few years to figure out, the world collectively decided that cars didn’t need to be the size as an oil tanker.
“CAMARO IROC-Z” blasts from the heavens. It’s time for the Camaro that’s “lookin’ so hot, so good.” Now you can own your very own Camaro named after the International Race of Champions. You can be a champion.
It’s 1983 and you have a brand new Mustang GT. What are you gonna do with it? Drive erratically in a foundry of course. That’s what this car was made to do. There’s nothing more badass than sitting stationary in a shower of sparks.
Put on your blindingly white racing gloves and hop in the seat of the “most advanced” vehicle the world has ever seen. It’s the newest Chevrolet Corvette, and with its pop-up headlights and computer activated manual transmission, you’ve never felt anything like this before.
With winter comes cold weather and snow. In fact, this year it’s started snowing in areas that don’t even usually get snow. Luckily Subaru has you covered with all the four-wheel-drive, light piano accompaniment and vague weather related threats you could ever want with their 1990 lineup.
Do your feet get tired from terrorizing whole cities at a time, particularly after climbing all the way up a skyscraper? You, giant mayhem creature, need a Volkswagen 411: the big Volkswagen.
I was looking through Jalopnik’s old archival footage (which is stored in the trunk of an abandoned C4 Corvette that currently resides under a bridge) and I came across this GMC ad from 1984. I now feel compelled to buy a truck. I need to buy a GMC from 1984.
Help me. I cannot stop thinking about the Oldsmobile Calais. I accidentally watched an advertisement for the car and Oldsmobile’s compact coupe has lodged itself into my brain.
Chrysler pretty much invented the concept of the minivan with the 1984 Chrysler Town and Country and the Plymouth Voyager. To show the world what they had wrought, Chrysler hired a Canadian magician/warlock/wizard named Doug Henning to advertise the van.
It’s 1989. Your glasses cover half your face and you need a car drive off into the sunset. But not just any car—a car built for excitement. What do you use? A Pontiac Grand Am, that’s what.
We’ve all been there: living in the 1980s and after a truck that’s sporty, cheap, and filled with features. Why not buy a Mazda B2000 LX?
A hefty price tag, out-there Giugiaro styling from a small brand known mostly for boxy and conservative cars, a debut during the middle of a recession, and no option of a manual transmission on what was billed as a sports car... what could possibly go wrong?
Jazz in the background. Peaceful scenes of European city life, the beach, racing and the open road. And of course, everyone wants to take a look at this early example of a Porsche 944 in bright Guards Red. Sit back, and enjoy.
I don’t know what’s going on here, between the whales and the comets and the screaming saxophone, but all I know is that from now on, all car ads should be like this Volvo promo film from 1999. And also, we actually found the answer to who would download a car on the Internet.
Yesterday's unintentionally hilarious/vaguely uncomfortable Alfa Romeo 4C commercial was notable for the fact that it went full throttle with its attempt at sex appeal. The thing is, while that ad did with with absolutely zero subtlety, in terms of sex in ads, it was nothing new for Alfa.
I saw this ad for the 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix, and I am pretty sure I have come out of it a person anew. This ad is my everything, if for no other reason that it has everything. Car phones. Big hair. Someone who appears to not be wearing any pants. A terrible car. Big hair. Sex? Maybe.
Look, I love my adopted country, and I am annoyed by many "weird Japan" posts. It's one trope I am really tired of hearing. However, even I have to admit, sometimes, Japan is weird. Like Japanese commercials. They're totally bizarre. And they've been that way for a long time. Like this 1970s Nissan Skyline commercial.
Fellow UT Austin alum Matthew McConaughey has recently gotten quite a bit of ribbing for his Lincoln commercials, but the twang-toned actor is far from the first movie star to hawk cars on TV. Way back in 1957, actress Jeanne Crain tried to convince middle-class Americans to purchase Chrysler's DeSoto.
The very first Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 advertisement looks like it should have been part of the scenery for the 1960s production of HG Wells' classic novel The Time Machine. It seems to appear, fully formed, from the very magma underneath the Earth's crust.