Lucille Ball Loved her Ford Skyliner Retractable Hardtop
America loved Lucy so Ford recruited Lucy and Desi to pitch the virtues of a radical concept, a retractable hardtop, that was being introduced on their new Skyliner. Of course, Fred and Ethel had to join them for this quintessential Lucy sketch. The car was a flop and the idea didn't catch on until the late 90s. Now almost all convertibles are retractable hardtops.
First Mustang Commercial 1964
Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang on April 16, 1964 with a commercial, shot at the New York World's Fair, that ran simultaneously on all three networks.
The next day, Ford dealerships were jammed and the Pony car craze was underway.
Cadillac Eldorado Brougham -- "The Cadillac of Cadillacs"
"The Cadillac of Cadillacs" is the only way to describe the 1957-58 Eldorado Brougham. A Cadillac like no other, it was a limited production four door hardtop, GM's response to the previous year's introduction of the Continental Mark II.
Priced at $10,000, the Continental, clearly, was a high-ticket gauntlet Ford threw down before GM. Cadillac countered with the Brougham, a tour de force of advanced, even experimental, engineering and over-the-top opulence; it is, perhaps, the most flamboyant car of the '50's.
Zsa Zsa Gabor Shows off her Studebaker Lark
The 1963 Lark boasted disc brakes, a built-in lighted vanity mirror in the glove box and contemporary styling at an affordable price. Studebaker turned to Zsa Zsa Gabor to pitch this somewhat exotic, nearly compact car. Like her marriages -- the company didn't last much longer after she got involved.
Classic Car Commercials
Car commercials captured helped to shape how we thought about our way of life. They gave us hope, told us what we should aspire to become, who we were, showed us where we wanted to go and told us how we could get there.
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (actual retractable top demo)
THESE CARS WERE MADE FOR THREE YEARS, 1957-58-59.
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Video from October 13 2007, demonstration of retractable top on a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. Rochester Indiana Chili Cookoff and car show.
A series of switches, solenoids, motors and motor driven cables complete the complex operation of this 1950s mechanical wonder of American automotive ingenuity.
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1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
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Classic 1950s Television Commercial for Buick (Aired 8 December 1953)
"will you repeat that for the west coast please?" A classic, fun, live television commercial for the 1950s for Buick's range of budget cars. Yes, there really were more than 12 different brands of cars to choose from in the USA in 1953. The commercial is somewhat forced, but not too bad. The commercial shows the preferred idea of 1950s TV in having a small number of long commercials instead of many short runs. The actual amount of advertising per an episode in the show this commercial comes from compares well to Network TV in the USA these days.
I bought two Ford Skyliners that were in poor condition in 1986. I used the best parts out of each car to make one.
It has a 390 Ford engine with a C-6 transmission and it has power windows, power doors, power seats and the top works with a keyless remote.
The car has won numerous awards and it was in the 2007 Official State Visitors Guide and Travel Planner.
1964 first Ford Mustang TV Commercial Advertisment
"Comming April 17th!"
Original 60 second color TV commercial from 1964 of the Ford Mustang, It shows the 1964 Mustang sitting on an island in the middle of a lake and many detail shots of the Mustang while music of its time is playing in the background and the announcer describe how the unexpected is about to happen "Comming April 17th!" with the new Ford Mustang "a new generation of car" it shows details from many angles including the interior. at the end he says " Mustang is only days away" I would guess this is one of the very first TV commercials for the Mustangs if not the first one. A great piece of Ford history for your viewing.
Hemi Under Glass Last Ride
After 39 years at the wheel of one of the most famous and unusual cars in drag racing, the Hemi Under Glass, Bob Riggle decided to hang it up.
We were there to capture the last runs of this iconic car and the driver who thrilled crowds at drag strips all over the country.