Follies of the Mad Men #132

What does this ad teach us?

1) Your friendly neighborhood car mechanic is a whining, moronic crook.

2) Your new car purchase can undermine the local economy.

3) If and when you do need your new car serviced, by any surviving garage, it will undoubtedly be sabotaged.
     Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 24, 2011
     Category: Business | Advertising | Products | 1960s | Cars

My '39 had 3 on the floor and my '51 had one of those new fangled push button hydromatic tranny. Both were great cars but neither got 40MPG but at 25cents a gallon who gave a rat's po-po.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/24/11 at 10:50 AM
What? No lap top, note book, net book, I-pad, blackberry, or smart phone?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/24/11 at 11:42 AM
Ah, the hideous 1962 Plymouth. Chrysler executives thought they heard GM talking about a new smaller Chevrolet (they were, but they only meant the new Chevy Nova compact, not smaller big cars). They quickly rushed a new design for the Dodge and Plymouth full-size cars, cutting the wheelbase down and tacking on bizarre styling. Public response was so bad that they did the unthinkable (at least for the height of the American auto industry): half way through the year they started offering last year's full sized model for those who still wanted the bigger car. Plymouth's styling is almost tolerable, at least from the front, but dodge's 1962 design is considered to be one of the ugliest cars of the 1960s, if not all time. Strangely, it seems to have taken most of its styling cues from the Plymouth Valiant, which is kind of like designing a Lincoln to look like a Ford Fiesta (not quite as drastic, but I couldn't think of any other examples).

Expat47 -

I have no idea why they gave that gas mileage figure. I can only assume they meant the Plymouth Valiant compact, but even then that figure would be high. Cars got much better mileage with no emissions equipment and higher octane leaded fuel, but from what I have seen most 1960s compacts were in the 20s-30s, not 40mpg.
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 02/24/11 at 03:03 PM
We've had our VW Golf 1.4TSI now for a year and the best we've ever gotten is 35MPG. That was on a trip where we blew a tire and had to limp home at 50MPH on that spare thingie they so generously give you. 30MPG* highway and 25MPG city is closer to the truth.

*Note: Highway driving around here is on the order of 80 to 100MPH.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/25/11 at 12:42 AM
whinier version of the maytag man.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/25/11 at 07:39 AM
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