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Vintage Car Ads: Ads Used to Sell Cars in the 1940s and 1950s

We all love to look at photos of Classic Cars. Have you ever wondered what the ads looked like that were used to sell these babies as they were being produced? We did. Here are some great vintage car ads.

Here is an advertisement for the 1956 Buick in The Altoona Pennsylvania Tribune Newspaper, February 21, 1956.  The ad states the Buick will be starring in an upcoming auto show as well. You can click on the image to see the larger version in a new web browser tab.

Here is an ad used by our cousins to the north, Canada.  Pontiac is letting Canadians know they are kings of the road. Source: The Toronto Daily Star, March 11, 1957.  Click on the image to see the larger version in a new web browser tab.

The catchy slogan “You’ll Be Ahead with Nash” was used by Nash to promote their 1947 Nash 600 in Life Magazine on May 5, 1947.  Pretty fancy looking ad for that era.  Click on the image to see the larger version in a new web browser tab.

Here is an ad you’ve probably never seen unless you were living in the land-down-under in 1955.  It is for a 1955 Ford Customline V8 which was a popular seller for Ford Australia. There are still many restored Customline V8 sedans around today which can be seen at car shows around Australia.   Click on the image to see the larger version in a new web browser tab.

Oldsmobile used advertising to help introduce its infamous Hydra-Matic Drive.  This ad clearly states “The Car Without a Clutch Pedal” which refers to the 1940 Oldsmobile seen in the ad.  This automatic transmission was revolutionary technology!  This ad was published in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Newspaper, October 20, 1939.  Click on the image to see the larger version in a new web browser tab.

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