Archive for the ‘Video/Commercials’ Category

1971 Dodge Challenger 383 Road Test

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Here is a period road test of a 1971 Dodge Challenger 383. The clip comes from the show “Car and Track” which was hosted by Bud Lindemann and aired on CBS from 1967-1975.

Even though the term “muscle” is used to describe the cars power, Bud refers to the cars as “super cars”. In this road test, Bud can already see the end the the “super car” era noting that skyrocketing insurance rates will likely kill them.

Magic Highway 1958

Friday, December 18th, 2009

1958 Disney short exploring the future of American automotive transportation. A utopian view where everything is effortless and automated. Some of the predictions in the movie have come true; rearview cameras, real-time traffic updates, automatic navigation and giant drills that can cut through solid rock.  The idea of exercising must have been eliminated by the Disney futurists as even walking is by conveyor.

Hershey Car Show 1962

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Interesting look at the Hershey car show when everything shown was pre-war. I wonder if the folks who drove to the show in their modern cars knew they were driving future classics.

1960 Fords- Wonderful New World of Ford

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Great 3 minute commercial made at the height of the populuxe era when everything was bigger, better, newer, faster, and easier. Given the length of the commercial, it likely aired in the Fall of 1959 as part of a Ford sponsored show.

Buddy Holly’s 1958 Impala

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

It was 50 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper” died tragically in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly only owned one car in his life, a 1958 Impala that he had his friend and agent Norman Petty purchase on December 18, 1957 from Meadors-Stewart Chevrolet in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly purchased the car so he could have safe transportation for the 100 mile commute between Holly’s home in Lubbock,Texas and the recording studio in Clovis. The car cost a total of $2627.51. It was in Clovis where Holly reportedly tossed his keys to a fellow musician telling him he could use the car until he returned from his tour.

Here is the story of Holly’s Impala that resurfaced several years ago: