Video Time: Where One Can Peek Into the Car Ads of the 1990s

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

I’ve always enjoyed the healthy dose of nostalgia which accompanies old advertisements. This is doubly so when any of them are car-related. The style, the jingles, pricing, long-dead nameplates – it’s all there. And through an accidental YouTube discovery, hundreds are in a single location.

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 17, 2018

    Bea could've probably pick up that Escort and threw it over the traffic jam.

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    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 17, 2018

      @Corey Lewis I swear I didn't recognize her in the title pic. I thought it was a man in drag. I'm still not convinced that wasn't the case.

  • Vanillasludge Vanillasludge on Jan 17, 2018

    Pretty sure that’s Bob Lutz in a wig.

  • IHateCars IHateCars on Jan 18, 2018

    Then there's Maude!

  • Gtem Gtem on Jan 18, 2018

    Volga ad, 2005 (car is based on 1971 bones) "Well, how is it?" "Just like the couch at home!"

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 18, 2018

      @gtem Man that is some big time corner cutting with the staples.