By on June 29, 2012

Right before AIDS and Reagan ruined the party, the early 1980s were a time of meaningless random sex, 20% inflation, sub-100-horsepower midsize sedans, Quaaludes, and— most of all— mountains of white powder (in imagination, not in the reality of the ’81 recession). This ad for the 1981 Ford Mustang captures the spirit of its time.


Right down to the sanitized cover of the Donna Summer song and the 80-pound Mustang owner, it’s all here. Hot stuff, baby!

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