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One of my earliest car commercial memories was for the 1984 Ford Tempo. They built a giant word Tempo, and the O was a loop-da-loop. Then they raced a Tempo through the loop. I thought that was really cool.

Then my mom bought a Tempo (not because of the commercial) and I always wanted to try the stunt.
 

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not actually TV, but i remember one i saw at the movie theatre, commercial itself was made real steathy, sleek shiny daytona creeping thru foggy wet streets with some guy with big hair and what i think was a leather members only jacket.. what really made this stand out was not so much the car(cause i thought it looked like crap), but this was the first time i remember seeing a commercial before a movie. prior to that the only things they would show is previews for other movies.. of course now they are commonplace.

 

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"Oh what a feeling (drum: dum dum) Toy-yoda!" People jump into the air.

"5995, (low voice) Ninety-FIVE." - Mazda truck commercial, on price of their trucks.
 

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lol.. the YUGO commercial of the early 80's that promised you could have a "brand new" car for under $3000... is showed tons of images of the old vw bug and promised that this will be the replacement for what was an affordable basic car.
 

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well it's not too old, but it was a very effective commercial:

a lincoln markVII was in the desert. a huge, imposing steel 'H' had been constructed. the lincoln was driven up and tried to slowly pass under the horizontal bar of the 'H'. it got close, and there was a light 'clink' of metal on metal... the very top of the cars windshield contacted the 'H', showing it wouldn't fit under. the car was then driven away from the structure. then the driver took off, driving like crazy... zooming towards the big 'H'. it zoomed right under without a hitch.

the ad was touting the lincoln's adjustable ride height... the car lowered a few mm at high speed. pretty impressive to me eyes.

another one that has stuck in my head... the old ford festiva commercials (musta been late 80's). as they came down the assembly line and reached a certain spot the doors, hood and hatch flew open and closed a buncha times... and a little "festeeeeva" jingle played. cute commercial for a cute car... they made it look fun.
 

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just thought of another one my dad told me about... it was when the citation was introduced. to highlight the FWD platform, a trailer was solidly hitched onto the back of the car. then the cars rear wheels were removed and it was driven down the highway. i believe there was a disclaimer that told drivers not to try that at home!

years ago (another dad story) there was a car dealer that advertised a car for sale (might been a plymouth or dodge) for "3000 bananas" (or something like that). the car was $3000 dollars... but the dealer wanted a tag line. well some woman came in with 3000 bananas one day, and he had to give her the car! the ad didn't play after that, for some reason!

and i can still remember the first geo ads (SOOO long ago, eh?)... they just showed the cars driving off a car carrier. there were a few metros (sedan and wagon), the storm and the tracker. i just remember thinking they looked so sleek and modern! hahaha! apparently i wasn't the brightest kid! :lol:
 

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Originally posted by paul8488@Mar 15 2004, 11:34 AM
and i can still remember the first geo ads (SOOO long ago, eh?)... they just showed the cars driving off a car carrier. there were a few metros (sedan and wagon), the storm and the tracker. i just remember thinking they looked so sleek and modern! hahaha! apparently i wasn't the brightest kid! :lol:
I always thought Captain Planet would have been a good spokesman for Geo. :p

 

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Originally posted by paul8488@Mar 15 2004, 11:34 AM
and i can still remember the first geo ads (SOOO long ago, eh?)... they just showed the cars driving off a car carrier. there were a few metros (sedan and wagon), the storm and the tracker. i just remember thinking they looked so sleek and modern! hahaha! apparently i wasn't the brightest kid! :lol:
dont feel bad..geo's came out during my high school days.. i remember thinking "wow.. other car companies are in trouble" when i saw the geo storm in person.. lol
 

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Originally posted by IMPALAon20s+Mar 15 2004, 04:46 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (IMPALAon20s @ Mar 15 2004, 04:46 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-paul8488@Mar 15 2004, 11:34 AM
and i can still remember the first geo ads (SOOO long ago, eh?)... they just showed the cars driving off a car carrier. there were a few metros (sedan and wagon), the storm and the tracker. i just remember thinking they looked so sleek and modern! hahaha! apparently i wasn't the brightest kid! :lol:
dont feel bad..geo's came out during my high school days.. i remember thinking "wow.. other car companies are in trouble" when i saw the geo storm in person.. lol [/b][/quote]
haha! whew, thanks. glad to know i'm not alone. i thought the camaro was in trouble when the storm came out! nothing hotter than a hot pink storm!
 

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Originally posted by markform@Mar 14 2004, 07:22 PM
The one I remember most is the "Diamond Cutter" ad from Lincoln/Mercury in the early 70's.

For you younger guys....L/M wanted to advertise the "incredibly smooth ride" for the Grand Marquis. So, they hired this "world famous diamond cutter" to cut a $1,000,000 diamond into 2 pieces....while riding through midtown Manhattan in the back seat of the Grand Marquis. The catch was, if the car were jolted in any way - he would miss the cut - and the diamond would dissolve into worthless dust.

The whole ad was campy and high drama.....they filmed the diamond cutter guy (a gray haired, well dressed, very distinguished looking gentleman) in the back seat actually cutting the diamond. An announcer added high tension to the prospect of a $1,000,000 diamond becoming worthless dust. After the successful cut...the diamond cutter smiles...and the camera cuts to a view of the Grand Marquis driving down the street, while the announcer extols the virtues of a smooth ride. Actually a very classy looking ad.

Funny side note - Saturday Night Live used to do a spoof of this commercial, with a rabbi doing a bris (circumcision) as the car travelled rough roads.
 

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Most of my memories are for jingles rather than specific visuals...

"...best of all -- it's a Cadillac..." (Cadillac Cimarron jingle)

"...how does it feel in a Mustang II? -- Mustang II -- Boredom Zero..."

"...we have one built - for you -- Oldsmobile..."

"...we - build excite - ment - Pontiac!..."

"...the new Dodge Omni does -- it -- all..."

"...what will you do with all the money you save..." (Toyota)

Among the visuals I do remember...

* Ricardo Monteblan touting Chyrsler Cordoba's "Rich Corinthian leather"

* Ford Granada commercial comparing the car to a Cadillac Seville, trying to show how similar they looked

...I'm sure I'll remember others as folks here bring them up. B)
 

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Originally posted by coolcaddy@Mar 15 2004, 09:38 PM
Most of my memories are for jingles rather than specific visuals...
ha... that reminds me... i found a tape in an olds cutlass ciera (probably '85 or so) once (my dad owned a body shop)... it was a promotional thing that came with the car. one side was an audio ownwers manual, the other had a jingle... and for some reason i remember it perfectly:

"there is a special feel in an oldmosbile... do do do do...
there is a special feel in an oldsmobile... do do do do...
more than the luxury ride, there's a feeling of pride that you're feeling insiiiiiiide...
there is a special feel in an oldsmobile!"

hahaha!
 

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I remember the Oldsmobile ads from the early '80's with **** Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) as their spokesman. Whenever he'd say "Delta Eighty Eight", it sounded more like "Delta Itty It".
 

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The only ones that come to mind right now are the camaro commercials from the mid 90's when they used clips from old commercials and talked about how "they saved money by recycling old camaro commercials so they could put more into the camaro itself" (or something like that). I was in high school and thought that was a neat idea for a commercial, now I know why chevy didn't have money for the commercials, GM wasn't putting any money into the cars...sad, very sad :(
 

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Tsk. What a bunch of kids.

"See the USA in your Chevrolet" Dinah Shore doing the vocal. She could sing and had the looks.

"Jim Moran, your Courtesy Man" One of the first dealership commercials on tv. He would spend the first 15 (or so) minutes talking about the cars on his showroom floor. At the end, he would have a flash of cars going for $49 (Cars that guys would now give their left nut for).

I have a thread of the commercial for Oldsmobile's rocket 88 going around in my noggin. It'll come to me.

The best new commercial is not for the car but for Mr Clean's car cleaner. A (formula 1?) race car is going head to head with a Dodge Charger (blown) and pulls ahead. Then the choke plates on the Charger open up and it pulls in fron and sucks the plastic body parts off the racer. Like the movie 2 Fast-2 Furious ("American muscle, Baby").
 
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