Theme Tuesdays: Vintage Aftermarket Performance Ads

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I’ve always found the advertising tactics used in after market performance magazines a little puzzling because the artwork, and or photos, often have little to no correlation with the product being sold.

For example how is a woman, standing in the middle of a desert, holding a sub, with lighting striking behind her, at all representative of a quality audio product? I guess the easiest answer to this question is sex has and always will sell, and deserts are easier to manipulate with Photoshop than street scenes.

Keeping with my steadily growing obsession of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s automotive scenes I’ve pulled together an eclectic collection of vintage advertisements from 70s street machines, shakotan jam and various forums.

Not all of them make sense but they are interesting if nothing else.

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I think I’ve posted this before, either way as odd as it is I really like it
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Most of you have probably seen this one, it was floating around for awhile. Pretty classic
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This ad is pretty cool up until the random rainbow haired fella
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Another from Keystone, this one promoting their Rouge wheel
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Odd name for a wheel brand, I guess they never thought that we would now have ‘appliance’ cars meant only for A to B and little more
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Deserts and women an automotive ad directors best friend… what’s with the random engine stand?
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Many years before stretched tires Pro-trac was encouraging people to go wide
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Another Pro Trac / Truespoke ad
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No better way to promote your product than show it on a chassis people are using at the time
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This ad (?) reminds me of The Warriors. Big Willie was big deal too google him if you’ve got a minute
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Custom B&M shorts?
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Switchin’ it up to some vintage JDM ads
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Kinda wish I had a vehicle that I could rock some of these on
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More Japanese goodness
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Western Trackers (or some sort of replica of them) I seem to recall being really popular at one point
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This ad is wild, looks like a college art project or something. The wheels also remind me a little bit of speedy sphere wheels
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Would an ad like this even be allowed to run today?

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