When was the last time you saw a major car company do something silly in a commercial? No, not like that Lincoln ad made from Tweets curated by Jimmy Fallon, I mean something deliberately silly. There may be more recent ones but Isuzu’s “Joe Isuzu” ad campaign is the most recent one that I can think of and that was so long ago that when young people see Joe’s I-Mark ads on YouTube they must ask, “Isuzu sold cars? I thought they just sold trucks “
I suppose that Chevy is sort of trying with their current ads that seek to emulate the look and feel of The Office sitcom, only staged in a Chevy dealership, not a paper company sales office. Of course local dealers will still do schtick to get your attention. Few, though, get as surreal as the series of ads that the Firesign Theater made for Jack Poet VW back in the day when sunshine was orange.
So what’s your favorite silly car commercial. Manufacturers’ ads, like the long form commercial for the 1955 Ford Fairlane models at the top of this post, starring comedian Ernie Kovacs and his wife, singer Edie Adams, are preferred, but if you know of a particularly silly (or surreal) ad for a dealership, feel free to share the URL.
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