I’ve never been a big car guy. Sure, I love to go to car shows and look at all the chrome, fins, and white walls, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a flathead V8 and a glass of V8 if my life depended on it. But I do know this much — I love the 1949 Ford full-size car and have for years. When it was introduced it gave Ford the shot in the arm they so desperately needed, and that freshness of design is still evident more than 60 years later.
One of these days I’m going to own a ’49 Ford, but until then I’ll just have to gaze lovingly at these classic advertisements.
Ooh, vintage video bonus time! Here’s a twelve-minute excerpt from a Ford-produced promotional film for the 1949 model, called The Human Bridge. It traces the history of the ’49 Ford, from concept and design to production, with appropriately melodramatic flourishes and paeans to American industry.
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