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> This sold cars?, glad my memories of the 80's is all Transformers and Thundercats
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post Oct 23 2009, 02:28 PM
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I can't believe this would actually motivate someone to buy this car.
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post Oct 23 2009, 03:17 PM
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I was just thinking of these shit cars... can you imagine walking into a showroom and seeing a mint Mercury Topaz? Seriously, can you imagine someone test driving one? Then willfully buying it? A TOPAZ!
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post Oct 23 2009, 04:31 PM
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IIRC, for the time the Taurus was a pretty OK car, especially when you consider the fuel-crisis inspired crap that the neighbours were still pushing (Chrysler had its K car and Chevy had the Celebrity).
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post Oct 23 2009, 10:47 PM
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I don't care how bad the competitors cars might have been, that ad would stop me from ever buying any Ford product ever, ever.
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post Oct 24 2009, 05:48 AM
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Some products (such as detergent) don't need to be sold through commercials. All they have to do is create awareness for the product, especially at the time this ad was made, which was a particularly unsophisticated time period in the history of marketing. However, I will say that most "awareness" ads with annoying jingles were for low involvement products like detergent, soap, etc. I'm not sure how it works with regard to high involvement goods such as cars. I'm guessing it did its part as the Taurus was the best-selling car in the US for a long, long time.
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post Oct 24 2009, 12:03 PM
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Yeah. Back in those times, jingles sold things.
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post Oct 24 2009, 02:44 PM
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Pretty sure there is no American car made in the 80s that I have any desire to drive.
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post Oct 24 2009, 03:18 PM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Oct 25 2009, 02:44 AM) *
Pretty sure there is no American car made in the 80s that I have any desire to drive.


I wouldn't mind a spin in a C4 'Vette, Fiero, DMC-12, IROC, Vector W8, Cadillac Allante, if you want to count it, the Chrysler Conquest...I'm sure there are others, I just can't think of them right now.
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post Oct 24 2009, 04:21 PM
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NO none. Zero interest in any of the cars listed.
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post Oct 24 2009, 09:14 PM
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Buick Grand National
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post Oct 25 2009, 12:08 AM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Oct 25 2009, 04:21 AM) *
NO none. Zero interest in any of the cars listed.


Stop drinking that Haterade.



Haha...I actually found that on Google Image Search. VAGinas.

QUOTE(redls1bird @ Oct 25 2009, 09:14 AM) *
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Ooh, can't believe I missed that one.
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post Oct 25 2009, 06:09 AM
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ZERO
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post Oct 25 2009, 07:54 AM
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I don't blame aircooled.....
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post Oct 25 2009, 08:02 AM
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I'm with Aircooled on the 80's American car thing...

That add was pretty bad, it's got to be tough selling a car like that. How about this awesome add:

BORKED

A good one from the 80s, haha:

BORKED

EDIT: That didn't work, what the hell?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5742lkExarc

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmYPS1orNiw
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post Oct 25 2009, 08:13 AM
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QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Oct 25 2009, 08:02 PM) *
That add was pretty bad, it's got to be tough selling a car like that.


Why? It may seem pretty crappy now, but the Taurus was actually light years ahead of its competition back then.
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post Oct 25 2009, 08:28 AM
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Actually there are very few cars from the 80s in general that I would want to drive, some exceptions would be say a GTi or 325i.
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post Oct 25 2009, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Oct 25 2009, 12:28 PM) *
Actually there are very few cars from the 80s in general that I would want to drive, some exceptions would be say a GTi or 325i.


Ferrari F40, Porsche 959, Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, Ferrari 288 GTO...?
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post Oct 25 2009, 10:02 AM
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I'm talking common cars here Razor, not Ferraris and Lambos etc.
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post Oct 25 2009, 03:49 PM
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...yet somehow Ford did better then than it is now
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post Oct 25 2009, 04:43 PM
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Dodge/Chrysler made some nice cars in the 80s. Basically all the Carroll Shelby inspired ones. My brother has a 89 Shelby Daytona, a friend has a Spirit R/T (granted that was early 90s). But my personal favorite is the Omni GLHS, 175hp/tq from a car that small and light made for a nice track car, plus the car was easy to modify for the extra hp.

I'm not saying they were better than muscle cars or better than today's cars, but for back in the 80s, for having good gas mileage and performance they were pretty decent IMO.

http://www.allpar.com/omni/GLHS.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWV0D5yrhxk

I'm a big fan of all the turbo Dodge cars from the 80s smile.gif
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