• Feb 4, 2007


We all know that watching the Super Bowl commercials can be more entertaining than the game sometimes. After the jump, you'll find the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo TV spot directed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator) that aired in 1990 during Super Bowl XXIV. The voiceover is of a man telling us about a dream he has where he's being chased by motorcycles, a racing car, and a plane, but nothing can catch him in the Z.

Pretty cool, and given that Super Bowl XXIV was a lopsided blowout (49ers 55, Broncos 10 -- Montana w/ 5 TDs), the commercial was probably more interesting than the action on the field (especially if it aired late). According to the person who uploaded the video to YouTube, Nissan pulled the spot after its airing just that one time. Apparently, the brass thought it encouraged street racing.

Because you know, without that commercial, no one would have ever thought to drive fast in the 300-horsepower sports coupe...

Watch it after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's more likely it was only run once because they were copying Apple. Apple ran a Ridley Scott-directed commercial spot in the 1984 Superbowl and never ran it again. Nissan used the same director as Apple, the same announcer as Apple and ran their spot in the 1990 Superbowl, and only once.

      Honestly, this commerical doesn't impress me. The Apple one isn't really all that either, for that matter.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 & #6: Here's the problem with the Barbie-type commercial: they had stopped production of the Z by the time it hit the air.

      My personal fave is one that never aired in America:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plxNfU-PA2c
      • 8 Years Ago
      I still think the best ad is the 300ZX with the G.I. Joe picking up Barbie in a T top radio controlled Z. It is set to Van Halen and is from the "Life is a Journey: Enjoy the Ride" and "Dogs looove Trucks!" Probably one of my favorite ads of all time.

      Here's the link on youtube:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h3Vohifupw
      • 8 Years Ago
      That must be the worst car commercial ever. It was like a 14 year old teenagers day dream, lacked imagination.