Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's soooooooooo commercial!

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Where would 

Madison Avenue 

have been without 

Barry Manilow?

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The Manilow Jingle Collection

Pick up the Pace... 

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Pace Picante Sauce 

I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper...

Dr. Pepper 

This is a catchy 1960s jingle for a ghastly soft drink 

that tasted like carbonated prune juice.


Almond Joy & Mounds 

Chocolate bars

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Sometimes you feel like a nut 

— sometimes you don't.



Chinese Pantomime

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Borderline Racist 

Jell-O Commercial from 1955

Autumn and Next 

Year's Cars

Long ago, far away, in a different and northerly hemisphere, and in a strange bubble called North America, September marked a time of new beginnings. The new school year began, autumn was just around the corner and the next year's cars from the Big Three were introduced. The latter burst of pageantry gladdened the hearts of many a man from age 15 right on up to senility.
1957 had been Chrysler Corporation's break-out year  'suddenly, it's 1960!' And in answer to ChryCo's 'Forward Look,' 1959 was General Motors' turn to artfully sculpt metal and glass into their vision of 'the future is now!' So, it only seemed fair that 1960 should belong to FoMoCo  and dazzle, the Ford line did. All Fords except Thunderbird were entirely new for 1960. The T-bird would have to wait until 1961 to show off its new plumage — but it was well worth the wait. 

The Forward Look by Chrysler

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The Forward Look was a design theme employed by Virgil Exner in styling the 1955 through 1961 Chrysler Corporation vehicles.
When Exner joined Chrysler, the company's vehicles were being fashioned by engineers instead of designers, and so were considered outmoded, unstylish designs. Exner fought to change this structuring, and got control over the design process, including the clay prototypes and the die models used to create production tooling.
After seeing the P-38-inspired tailfins on the 1948 Cadillac, Exner adopted fins as a central element of his vehicle designs. He believed in the aerodynamic benefits of the fins, and even used wind tunnel testing at the University of Michigan — but he also liked their visual effects on the car. 
Exner lowered the roofline and made the cars sleeker, smoother, and more aggressive. With a long hood and short deck, the wedgelike designs of the Chrysler 300 letter series and revised 1957 models suddenly brought the company to the forefront of design, with Ford and General Motors quickly working to catch up. The 1957 Chrysler Corporation cars were advertised with the slogan, "Suddenly, it's 1960!"   
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General Motors' 

1959 Chevrolet Impala 

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The 1959 Chevrolet — like all GM marques — was radically reworked sharing bodyshells with lower-end Buicks and Oldsmobiles as well as with Pontiac, in a company-wide economy move. Chevrolets rode a wheelbase  inches longer than before and the rakish new body shell rode atop a new X-frame chassis. Roofs sat three inches lower than in 1958 and bodies measured more than two inches wider overall. 
The growing size contributed to increased curb weight, one more trend of the times. Chevrolet tailfins protruded outward rather than upward. Auto tester Tom McCahill, of Mechanix Illustrated, declared a Chevy's decklid had "enough room to land a Piper Cub." Chevrolet eschewed the triple-taillight rear style this year in favor of a very large, single "owl-eye" taillight at each side.
The Impala was now a separate series, including a four-door hardtop and four-door sedan, as well as the two-door Sport Coupe and convertible. Sport Coupes featured a shortened roofline and wrap-over back window, promising a "virtually unlimited rear view" to complement the car's new compound-curve windshield. The hardtop Sport Sedan had a huge, pillar-free back window and "flying wing" roofline. 
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A Wonderful New World of Fords 1960 Advertising Film
The 1960 Ford looked all-new with twin headlights riding in a scalloped-square front clip. The Fairlane was now the base model in the full-sized lineup, along with the Fairlane 500, Galaxie and range-topping Galaxie Special. 
The Station Wagon Series continued with Ranch Wagon, Country Sedan and Country Squire models. The elegant Galaxie Starliner 2-door hardtop was Ford's choice for NASCAR racing. 
The 1960 full-size Fords abandoned the ostentatious ornamentation of the 1950s for a futuristic, sleek look. Round taillights were replaced by half-moon shaped taillights for 1960 only. There were tailfins still, but smaller ones. 
Ford's stylists, as well as those in the rest of the American auto industry, abandoned  the aviation influences of the previous decade. Instead the focus was on a new obsession — the Space Race. It seems the Galaxie name was particularly appealing to this trend.                                           Text via Wikipedia

The seemingly all new again 

1961 Ford Galaxie 

Tudor Hardtop

Image via Automobile Mag
The scalloped hood was gone for 1961, as the sheetmetal was revised for a cleaner look. This time, the tailfins were virtually gone. Replacing them were two giant circular taillights at each rear corner, glowing like rocket afterburners. Ford was definitely going with the space and science-fiction theme and with successful results. This  Galaxie is widely regarded as a classic and is far more sought-after by collectors than the 1960 model.  
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1961 Ford Thunderbird 

Sport Roadster

Thunderbird for 1961 introduced several firsts for the automotive market. The most distinctive feature of the 1961 to 1963 Thunderbirds was the highly touted 'Swing Away' steering wheel. With the transmission in the park position the steering wheel would slide approximately 18 inches to the right allowing the driver to exit the vehicle easily.
The Sports Roadster was a limited production version of the convertible which added 48 spoke Kelsey Hayes designed wire wheels, special badges to the front fenders and a passenger side grab bar to the front dashboard. The most striking addition to the Sports Roadster was a fiberglass tonneau cover which covered the back seat of the car and created a two-seater appearance.

Other innovations include a floating rear view mirror. Common on all autos produced today, this feature was first found on 1961 Thunderbirds. Depending on variable options Thunderbirds for 1961 could be purchased with options like air conditioning, power windows, power seats, AM radio, fender skirts and white wall tires. Several standard features, like power steering and power brakes, back up lights and bucket seats were costly options on most other autos.  Text via Wikipedia

Spoooky Reading 

What lies beneath...

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1962 Ford Mustang I Concept Car

Between 1960 & 63, the Ford Motor Company sought to develop a fun-to-drive "personal car," one that would appeal to the post-World War II "baby boom" generation. Ford’s still unnamed personal car was to be derived from the Ford Falcon. The winning in-house design established the classic "pony car" proportions: a long, sweeping bonnet, short boot and sharply sculpted flanks.

The first Mustang – the 1962 Mustang I concept – was a two-seat, mid-engine sports car named after the legendary P51 Mustang fighter plane of World War II. It made its debut in October at the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York where race driver Dan Gurney drove it around the circuit.

1963 Ford Mustang II Concept Car

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The Mustang II was very close to the production model. The too-long front clip and the too-low windscreen were altered to practical dimensions and necessary features such as bumpers fore & aft were added to a less radical over-all design. 
However, the "X-Car" as it was called at the time, transfixed the automotive press and public who wanted a "poor man's sports car" to be in showrooms as soon as possible and Ford obliged. In mid 1964, the "1964½" Mustang was launched and there has been no looking back in the last 47 years. Happily, this concept car still exists today.

The 1964½ Ford Mustang

production model

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  1. Those classic cars remind me of fond boyhood memories when I was studying at the University of the East (Manila). I didn't drive a car then, but rather I rode the bus. My focal point re these automobiles; my professors used them. One instructor in sociology had his Ford Galaxie, the other who taught in management, drove his Chevrolet Impala, both 1960 model. Those vehicles were sleek, modern, groovy, and cool during those days! I presume that they are now such expensive cars. At an auction, those will be kept higher and higher to reach to an agreed amount. History Channel has its PAWN STARS showing few classic cars that Rick Harris bought from seller.
    By Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes

  2. Hi Edgardo.

    Thanks for your post. It's really great to receive comments. Kinda like fan mail. ;)

    I see you are an armchair auto nut just like me. I love cars for their beauty and speed rather than the mechanicals. What's under the hood is better off if I don't touch it. For sure, 1960 Fords and Chevys were sleek, modern, groovy, and cool - Chrysler products - not so much. In 1960, their motto was: "Sudden1y, it's 1957!"

    Like you, I think 1960 Fords should be highly sought after but they're not. still, they only had a one-year model run, so they aren't very plentiful. That should soon make them rare gems like the Edsel.

    Thanks for the heads up about Pawn Stars on the History Channel. I'll check it out.

    Cheers, N

  3. You're welcome Nealbo. Sorry, it takes too long for my follow-up reply.

    It's me,

    Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes