This is a list of the greatest car commercials ever made. These are the car ads from all over the world that big impressions even in the days before DVR. They one-upped the shows or sports they aired in the middle of, and in several instances, they were just too controversial to actually air on television.
Advertising is often just a cynical exercise in pitching products that no one would never buy on their own (looking at you, Cadillac Catera). But even when the product itself is complete crap, sometimes the effort and inventiveness put into selling it can produce some fantastic pieces of pop art, commercials you find yourself thinking of years later.
The last 50 years or so of advertising have seen plenty of forgettable commercials simply slip into the ether, not even remembered by people who bought the products. Every so often, though, some brilliant ad agency comes up with something so clever or eye-catching that it winds up burned into our collective subconscious.
This is our list of commercials that wound up making history for being clever, beautiful, fascinating, important, timely, or even just really well-done. Enjoy these clips of pop-culture history, and vote up your favorites to determine the greatest car commercials of all time.
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The 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner Lives Up to Its Namesake
Muscle cars were always the cartoons of the automotive world. It was only a matter of time before the two came together, as they did when Roadrunner met Wile E. Coyote in this 1969 classic.
This "ducky" advertising campaign isn't so much famous as infamous. Here, we have a bizarre meeting of Cindy Crawford and Cadillac, both selling their remaining dignity out to a cartoon duck as a means of promoting a car neither one wanted their name on. It's kind of beautiful in a horrifyingly desperate '90s kind of way.
Classic Jeep Commercial in Which You Never See a Jeep
This is one of those commercials that you just had to be there in 1995 to appreciate. Sure, it's not that funny now, because you knew it was a Jeep commercial when you clicked on it. But try to put yourself in the days before DVRs and broadband internet. Go back to that magical time, when you didn't know what a commercial was about until the commercial told you. Instant gratification is so overrated.