Posted by: Jon Fine on May 21, 2009
Late last week Jalopnik pulled together its Ten Worst Car Ads of All Time. The unquestionably two most excellent-est of the lot—in a lovely bit of global symmetry, one comes from an American company and the other comes from a Japanese carmaker—are embedded below.
I sometimes feel that the car world exists in a kind of cultural cul-de-sac (and I am not writing this to trash Detroit, which I like and am fascinated with), that it’s a place where the car thing looms so large that it crowds out practically all other potential influences.
Am I right? Possibly. But even if you disagree, you’d certainly have to concur that when the below car ads tried to hop on some prevailing culture-of-the-moment, the viewers paid a very big price.
Datsun 280Z "Black Gold," c. 1980.
Plymouth Duster "My Duster," from a very scary moment of 1985 that I'm glad I've forgotten. (Warning: 91 seconds long.)