Last month a guy in Florida posted a homemade ad for his 1996 Nissan Maxima online and Nissan bought it from him. This month a guy in Sweden posted a homemade ad for his 1985 Subaru Justy J10 Trendy online and got a job with Swedish car magazine Auto Motor und Sport. When Nils Jangan relocated to a new city and couldn't get a job, the financial drain eventually demanded he get rid of his car. Looking for a way to convince anyone to purchase a 29-year-old hatchback, he enlisted the help of Mordor
Last year, The One Club presented a list of the top 10 commercials from the last 25 years at the Detroit Auto Show. Featuring instantly recognizable spots from Chrysler, Volkswagen, Honda, Jeep and more, the list (presented for your viewing pleasure below) makes for compelling viewing even today.
It used to be that a wild car dealership commercial meant a screaming frontman in a hideous suit making terrible puns and begging for you to help him out of some terrible predicament having to do with surplus inventory. No more – as production values have increased so has the number of commercials to so unusual that you spend the first few seconds trying to believe what you're seeing.
While we are currently paying more at the pump than ever before, many of our readers likely remember that this is not the first time the country has faced a sudden increase in gas prices and the desire for higher fuel economy. In the early seventies, both new emissions regulations and a shortage of gasoline in the U.S. turned the auto industry upside-down in just a few years. In fact, the first horsepower wars reached an apogee in 1970, with cars like the original Hemi Mopars, Chevrolet Chevelle
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