Category Archives: Automobiles

Havoline Motor Oil — 1968 (WInter Olympics)

This is kind of clever. But today they’d be sued clear into next year for using…certain symbols.

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Chevrolet Trucks — 1963


Some football players are only marginally smaller.

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Vista Car Wax by Simoniz — 1958


That ’58 Buick has been turbo-whipped!

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General Motors — 1965


Okay, so the text is a bit on the patronizing side, but at least the effort is there to encourage young women to enter the field of automotive design and engineering. Despite the ridiculous lack of women in engineering fields, a female engineer, Mary Barra, became CEO of, interestingly, GM, just last week, making her the first woman to head a US automaker. One hope this will encourage more women to study the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Below, the text, a bit larger. It might make you wince a bit.



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Fisk Tires — 1937

Offering protection in the “Blow-Out Zone.”



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Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil — 1949


“4-way protection.”¬† Ha.

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Texaco Scale Model Service Station Toy — 1960 (Christmas)

Okay, I’d kind of like this NOW.

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Oldsmobile Toronado — 1968

This “youngmobile” is “all man, all the way.”

According to the Wikipedia entry, “the Toronado is historically significant as the first front-wheel drive automobile produced in the United States since the demise of the Cord in 1937.”

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Sparton “Courtesy Chime” Car Horn — 1940


“Attractive, unusual … adds modern smartness to your car.” I don’t know what the 1940 model sounded like, but here’s a 1920s version:



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Goodyear Tires — 1960


Dallas  looks a lot different these days. Downtown has more buildings, Stemmons has more traffic.

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