I understand that you're unconvinced because of your historical knowledge.
However, I think that it's a very slick campaign. I'd love to see Ford pull
of an ad campaign that good. Instead we get hairy honky-tonkers. I do like
the new F-150 ads that highlight the development of the truck, but
otherwise, what does Ford spend its money on?
BTW, is there a Mercury or Lincoln ad campaign? One would love to see one
that had enough flair to be memorable, as the Harley Earl ads are.
Good point...I should have noted that I think the campaign, itself, is a good
I guess Ford feels like the L-M cars sell themselves. But perhaps Ford gives
ad dollars to the dealers? I note a lot more "car content" in local
commercials for Ford dealers than for the GM's.
And it's bad when the MOST lingering Ford ad images are the take-off on the
Dodge "Hemi" ads.
Sort of reminds me of yrs ago when Ford was running their "better idea"
campaign. They had an add about low fuel waring lite. The audio went
something like "Are you used to having a car that give good mileage and
you forget to look at the fuel gage ...". During this portion of the ad
they were showing a picture of a Plymouth. Only saw the ad run one or
two times. Didn't take too much gray mater to know why this ad was pulled.
A 1959 Cadillac was literally big enough to live in! My dad had a defunct
one that sat behind the house. When I was 16, after having a disagreement
with the parents over some trivial matter, I moved into the Caddy for 2
days. Pushed the front seat up all the way and had a decent sized living
area in back.
Interesting... There is a 1957 Olds J2 sitting in the shop
right now, three duces and all!
Today was our car clubs fall cruise, we (45 of us) left
Wayne's drive-in around 10:30 and wandered our way up the
Lake Michigan shoreline to Sheboygan (famous for bratwurst),
stopped at the Mucky Duck for lunch (excellent) and headed
north towards Manitiwoc, J.Bs J2 Olds made it about a mile
from the resturant when it started to spit and sputter. On
the side of the street, we determined that he had no spark,
since this has been converted to a Pertronix electronic
ignition, we waited a few minutes and voila, the damn thing
started and ran. Another three miles. We parked the Olds
in a Chiropracters parking lot, JB and Ces jumped into the
Intrepid with us (left the AAR home today because I had a
premonition) and we headed for the maritime Museum in
Manitowoc. The other 41 had beaten us there by maybe 15-20
minutes. We toured the submarine (way cool) and looked at
the exhibits (way cool). The next stop on the cruise was
supposed to be a classic car dealership off the interstate,
well, as he headed there, the group of cars following cars
got fragmented, we all agreed "screw it" let's see if we can
coak that old Oldsmobile back home. We drove back down the
lakeshore to Sheboygan, the Olds fired right up and we went
30+ miles with not a buck or a snort from it. Just past
Belgium that old Olds let a flame out the tailpipe about a
foot long! Shit, 8 miles to go and it's acting up! J.B.
drove the next five miles 50/50 in the right lane of the
I-state and on the shoulder. Three miles to go and she
craps out totally, J.B. coasts it onto an off ramp.
Hell, this thing likes to cool down so we sat there for 20
minutes and let 'er cool down. Fired right up and made it
the last three miles to my shop no problem.
Tomorrow it is getting a set of points and condensor.
Well, it sure beats sitting home and watching the Packers
get their asses kicked!
I drove a 58 Buick Special from 100,000 to 220,000 miles and sold it still
running. It was a tank but a great freeway flier. 5,000 lb. of steel really
soaks up the bumps in the pavement. LOL Remember when there were vent
windows? That had a winder mechanism for them with a handle in the door.
And heaters under both sides of the front seat. Options were things like an
'autronic eye' that automatically dimmed the headlights for oncoming
traffic, and a portable radio that was stored in the glove box. Also
available was air suspension with a small compressor driven off of the
engine. It was big, but a great car for along trip.
Every day is a good day- it's just that some are better than others.
While The ads can't get me into a Buick ( haven't seen a decent one since the
GNX), Harley Earl was a legend. Starting back in the custom coach days of the
1930's to the finned wonders of the 1950's, Earl made GM a style leader. As far
as interiors go... Their are some 300 SL Gullwing owners who might beg to
differ on that. Ed Cole's engineering helped Earl's fame alot as well.
...but at least the cars back then had personality. I can't think of a more
boring make of cars save for Toyota. You'd think they'd have saved the Earl
campaign until AFTER the next line of presumeably more interesting Buicks
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