Archives For Vintage Ads

Even though my vintage magazine collection is practically worthless in terms of monetary value, it is rich in content to post here on FamilyDealBlog.com (silver lining anyone?).

The past two months I’ve truly enjoyed flipping through these magazines and finding little nuggets of automotive advertising to share with you.

1983-Honda-Prelude-Ad-Medium

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far, you’re going to love knowing that I have stockpiled enough vintage ads to publish a new piece each week for the next 12 years.

Yea, twelve years!

Because the weather is starting to warm up here in Michigan, it truly feels like a prelude to spring. In the morning you can hear the birds chirp, the snow is starting to melt, and ever since we’ve sprung forward it’s staying light out later.

It’s because of this prelude that in only makes sense to share with you this vintage advertisement for the 1983 Honda Prelude.

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When flipping though my vintage magazine collection looking for an interesting piece of automotive advertising to share with you, I stumbled across this gem of an ad for the 1978 Dodge Magnum XE.

It’s not the look of the ad that caught my attention, it’s the totally outrageous story that’s being told.

1978 Doge Magnum XE Vintage Magazine Ad

A well dressed man in a tuxedo approaches a beautiful woman at a roulette table (in what I can only assume is a swanky casino) and opens with “Ever been….car-napped my dear?”

Say what!? Seriously, Dodge?

If you were to play out this opening scene today, this guy would probably get maced, punched and promptly escorted off the casino’s premises with him asking himself aloud, “was it something I said?”.

But apparently in 1978, the appropriate way for this young lady to react is to say “Car-napped? How intriguing!” /facepalm

So now that I’ve set the scene, see how the story ends in this riveting piece of advertising, straight out of Mad Men, for the ’78 Dodge Magnum XE.

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Each and every week I flip through my vintage magazine collection and search for interesting bits of automotive advertising to share with you. This time around I landed on this vintage ad for the 1974 Toyota Celica GT.

At first glance you might mistake the Celica for a Mustang from that era – long hood, short deck, 2+2 seating, sporty look and even the use of animal themed badge (a swan).

1974 Toyota Celica Vintage Magazine Ad

When you take a look at the ad copy you’ll see that Toyota’s position in the market isn’t all that different today than it was 40+ years ago.

Toyota has always been about maximizing your dollar so you get the most value possible.

So what do you get in a ’74 Celica GT with an MSRP of $3,569? Check out the ad below to find out!

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Today I think we’re all familiar with the award winning Volkswagen Passat. But did you know the Passat was originally known in North America as the VW Dasher?

The very first Passat came to be in 1973, and was one of the most modern European family vehicles one could buy.

1975 Volkswagen Dasher Vintage Magazine Ad

But here in the US, the Passat launched as the Volkswagen Dasher – available in three and five door hatchback and station wagon models.

Ok, now that you’re loaded up with a brief history of the Passat / Dasher, let’s throw it back to 1975 and take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Volkswagen Dasher.

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In 1969, the Blue Oval unleashed a variant to the Torino family simply known as the Ford Cobra.

The Cobra was only in production for two years, and it’s name was taken directly from the 428 Cobra Jet Engine that was included as standard equipment.

1969 Ford Cobra Vintage Magazine Ad

With only 14,000 or so of this specific vehicle built, by today’s standards the Ford Cobra is a bit of a rare find although it does have a strong enthusiast base.

So for #ThrowbackThursday, let’s travel back to 1969 and take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the Ford Cobra.

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Today is Thursday so that can only mean one thing. Time to take a look at another piece of automotive advertising straight out of my personal vintage magazine collection.

As I was flipping through my mags looking for an interesting ad to share, I found what I was looking for in this ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe.

1975 Subaru GL Coupe Vintage Magazine Ad

It’s not the flashiest ad in the world, heck it’s not even a color ad.

In today’s world of print advertising, this ad wouldn’t grab anyone’s attention, but back in 1975 it had enough to make an interested reader stop and check it out.

Set your Internet time machine back 40 years, and let’s take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe!

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Last week I introduced a new series for Throwback Thursday featuring automotive advertising from my personal vintage magazine collection.

For today’s edition, I picked out an ad for the 1985 Nissan King Cab 2+2 pickup truck.

1985 Nissan King Cab Vintage Magazine Ads\

I like how Nissan uses a large visual to focus on the interior utility of the vehicle as a way to distinguish themselves from the competition.

Then in the ad copy, they get into the cold hard facts when you compare their truck to the offerings of the time from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

So wind back the clock 30 years, and let’s take a look at this Nissan King Cab vintage magazine ad from 1985.

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As a person who has collected many things in his life, I have quite a bit of stuff stashed in the nooks and crannies of my home (much to my wife’s chagrin).

Amid the assortment of collected comic books, baseball cards and random childhood mementos is a fairly large collection of vintage magazines dating from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.

Vintage Magazine on Wooden TableWhile flipping through some of these old-school mags, I couldn’t help but notice all the different vintage car ads. Really cool car ads mind you. Especially the stuff from the 60’s and 70’s.

Not wanting to keep all this content to myself, I started carefully scanning some of these ads to share with you.

So each week on #ThrowbackThursday I’ll be sharing a new vintage car magazine ad so you get the chance to appreciate them like I do.

The first in this ongoing series is a colorful ad for the 1974 Jeep Renegade CJ-5. Check it out….

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