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Advertising the 1960s: 40 Excellent Car Ads from the Swinging Sixties

By: · September 9, 2015

1960s: Best Ads

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In the 1960s, Sports Cars Illustrated turned into Car and Driver—complete with its own advertising campaign!—reflecting a broader focus that in some ways mirrored the decade-long shift in American culture away from the uptightness of the ’50s. Our pages weren’t just filled with now-iconic vehicle reviews, you-are-there features, and pointed opinion pieces, however. Then, as now, we had to pay the bills, and the advertisers made sure to get their money’s worth by placing memorable ads in SCI and C/D. Some of those we’re featuring here were instant classics and some, well, weren’t, but all are definitely worth revisiting. (Click or tap on an ad to enlarge.)

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Lucas Oil – March 1960

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196003-002

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Volkswagen – June 1960

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196006-001

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Riverside Records [check out those song titles!] – October 1960
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196010-001

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Loaferall – December 1960
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196012-001

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Sports Cars Illustrated – February 1961

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BestAds:1960s

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Citroën – February 1961

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196102-002

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Chrysler – December 1961

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BestAds:1960s

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British Motor Corporation – May 1962
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196205-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II Test 

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Studebaker – January 1963

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BestAds:1960s

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Oldsmobile – March 1963

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BestAds:1960s

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Saab – February 1964

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BestAds:1960s

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Chevrolet – February 1964

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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: Our Original 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sing Ray Test

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Ford – March 1964

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BestAds:1960s

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Ford – July 1965
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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: Our Original 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Test

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Fiat – July 1965
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Chrysler – November 1965

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BestAds:1960s

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Buco Helmet-Hat – November 1965
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Shelby-American – December 1965
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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: Carroll Shelby, A Retrospective

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Ford – March 1966

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BestAds:1960s

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Hertz – July 1966
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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: Our Original 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350-H Test 

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Plymouth – July 1966

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BestAds:1960s

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Alfa Romeo – October 1966

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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: Iconic Nameplate Reborn and Headed to U.S.

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Chevrolet– November 1966
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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: 1968 Comparo: Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, Javelin, Cougar, ‘Cuda

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Chevrolet– December 1966

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BestAds:1960s

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READ MORE: Our Original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Test

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Chevrolet– February 1967

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196702-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 Test

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General Motors– March 1967

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196703-001

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Rover Motor Company – March 1967
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196703-002

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Toyota – July 1967

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196707-001

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Shelby Cobra – September 1967
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196709-001

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READ MORE: Archived Comparo: Cobra 289 vs. Boss 302, Chevelle SS 454, Duster 340

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Volkswagen – December 1967

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196712-001

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Porsche – January 1968
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196801-001

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READ MORE: Archived Comparo: 1969 Porsche 911 Targa vs. 912, 911 E, and 911 S

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Chevrolet – March 1968
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196803-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe Test

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BMW – March 1968
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196803-002

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READ MORE: “Turn Your Hymnals to 2002?: Our Original 1968 BMW 2002 Test

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Chevrolet – May 1968
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196805-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1968 Tunnel Port Mustang vs. Camaro Z/28 Comparo

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Pontiac Motor Co. – December 1968
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196812-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1968 Pontiac GTO 428 / Royal Bobcat Test 

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Oldsmobile – February 1969
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196902-001

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READ MORE: Our Original 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado Test

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Porsche – February 1969
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196902-002

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READ MORE: Our Original 1967 Porsche 911 S Test 

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American Motors/Hurst – March 1969
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196903-001

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Meyers & Co. – August 1969
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196908-001

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Chevrolet – August 1969
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196908-002

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Pontiac GTO – October 1969
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196910-001

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Bosch Corporation – October 1969
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196910-002

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Plymouth Motors – December 1969

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196912-001

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READ MORE: Advertising the 1950s: These 60-Year-Old Ads Are Undeniably Cool

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