• Oct 4, 2006



We don't know what we like most about this commercial. Is it the extremely spiffy metallic blue '72ish C110 Skyline GT? Is it the super-70s, ultra-mellow J-pop soundtrack? Or maybe it's that we find Ken & Mary to be just as irresistable today as the Japanese public apparently did in the 70s, when the commercial was a hit and the car was a big seller.

What is that they're doing on the beach, anyway? Carving wood? You decide.

Whatever the strategy behind it was, the "Ken & Mary" ad worked. We so want to go buy a 1970 Nissan Skyline now.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      lol, this looks so 1970's tacky American it hurts. I love it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Edsel, are you from Canada? The Plymouth Cricket sold in the US was a British Hillman Avenger; the Canadian Cricket was a Mitsubishi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      and here the Wikipedia entry about the Opala http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Opala
      and another vintage ad, this one about the 1969 Plymouth lineup
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFBP063uTgQ
      • 8 Years Ago
      AMcA
      I spotted these Chevrolet Opala ads
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a-D689ghgQ
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gDRNf_G2YI
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_mbjDuswmY

      the Chevy Opala was a Opel Rekord modified for the Brazilian market made from 1969 to 1992 with minimal body changes over the years
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad only 50 came with S20s. It's neat to finally see one of the famous (or infamous?) K&M ads. Good stuff!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey #1 (and countless Craigslist and eBay posters)- it's INFINITI. With an "I", not a "Y". Pet peeve. Thank you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I assume the Ken/Mary campaign was a series of ads, but whatever it was, it really must've hit a chord with young Japanese at the time. I think my parents were married about a year when this came out, and they still talk about it today when the topic of Skylines comes up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car's styling is very 70's American, just shrunken down. It's not surprising that they'd use two young American kids to market it.