Behold the American Motors Corporation mid-'70s car lineup in its full glory, from the 1975 Chicago Auto Show. There was the Gremlin, Hornet, Matador, and the all-new Pacer. You just cannot beat that color palette.
Long before the Walt Disney Company became known not just as a purveyor of magic but as a corporate behemoth, they tried their hand at television advertising. In the early-to-mid 1950s, Disney produced a series of fantastic TV ads featuring classic characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Tinker Bell, as well as original product-specific characters. This great ad and animation cel come from a spot for what I believe to be the 1955 American Motors Hudson Hornet, and feature Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The designer was Tom Oreb, who worked with Disney during what was arguably their golden age for feature productions. First, let's look at the Hudson Hornet ad. I'm not 100% certain what model year this is for, as the sources I've seen for this animation vary...
One of my favorite past-times is combing the vast archive of press wire photos on eBay. I've found all sorts of neat things there, but one of my current obsessions is old automobile press photography. So here is the first of what I hope will be many galleries featuring ten classic American cars, mainly from the mid-century period. Apologies in advance if I get some of the years or models wrong -- I can only go off what the original auction listed. Also, those marks you see on some of the photos are original editorial markings, so you know these are 100% real! For much more detailed looks at classic American cars, check out my ad galleries for the 1970 Dodge, 1975 Chevrolet, and 1982 AMC lineups. (Click on any picture for the full size.) If anyone can tell me what the model is
Print advertisements, brochures, and TV commercials help give us a glimpse into the automotive past. Today's ad collection shines a spotlight on the 1982 American Motors Corporation (AMC) domestic American lineup. It featured three cars -- the Concord, Eagle, and Spirit -- as well as multiple Jeep models. By 1982, things were looking pretty bleak for AMC. Outdated facilities, costly recalls, and flagging sales brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. What saved AMC -- for the time being -- was French-owned Renault being approved as principal owner in December 1980. The two companies had been operating under a joint manufacturing agreement since 1978, one of the fruits of which was the Le Car. AMC was also the exclusive American seller of the Fuego and 18/18i. (To see other