It’s Tuesday, wich, in our opinion is the perfect day to post this list of five old commercials for some of America’s most poorly stereotyped automobiles.
How about a Gremlin? This spot compares the Gremlin and Ford’s Pinto, the Gremlin’s natural enemy. The AMC has a larger engine and it’s $235 dollars cheaper, which in 1977 was like a million dollars (estimated). But you still would’ve needed some serious personal swagger to snag a rollergirl in this thing.
The El Camino
El Camino! It’s a car, it’s a truck, it’s a cartruck, it’s an abhorrent eyesore. If you want to own a pickup truck but are afraid all your friends will start asking you to help them move, get one of these. Because if you do, you will no longer have friends.
This car’s got a crapload of glass and it’s main selling point is it’s width. Because in the seventies, we assumed that things would just keep getting bigger and better. Everything is limitless! Wide back seats would make for a great place to have seventies sex (that’s sex that involves a lot of hair), but unfortunately, those wide seats are bolted into this rolling fishbowl.
That’s what French car company Renault decided to call their compact economy automobile. In English it means "The Car". Good one, France. I see what you did there.
The Yugo was another compact economy car designed by a country known worldwide as an auto manufacturing powerhouse — Serbia. "Buy yourself a little freedom. Buy a Yugo!" Freedom? Freedom from what? The ability to get places on time without getting flattened by a slightly larger car? Or freedom from the positive self-image you once had, before you realized you’d have to buy a Yugo?