The folks over at the Jalopy Journal turned us onto this old vintage video that promotes the 1956 Ford Crown Victoria. It’s almost comical, the way everyone acts so prim and proper. It kind of reminds us of an old episode of “Leave it to Beaver,” where everyone is smiling and there is not a care in the world. We know this commercial doesn’t really fit in with the way things are done nowadays, but it’s definitely the standard for the way things were sold back in the 50s.
We thought it was funny how the gas-station attendant’s uniform is perfectly clean, and the rag in his pocket is also spotless. Listen to the exhaust tone as the ’56 Ford cruises down the highway, it emits an almost glass pack kind of rumble, which is cool because you won’t hear that from today’s new car.
The gas-station attendant also complements the new owner on how great gas mileage is in his brand new Ford, and explained how it won the Mobil Gas economy trophy. As corny as the commercial is, it’s pretty cool to watch the way, Ford Motor Company marketed their cars on television.
First time we watched this commercial, we paid no attention to the dialogue, all we could think about was how we could build this car into a killer hot rod. Could you imagine finding a car in this condition to turn into your dream ride? After about the third viewing of the commercial, we begin to realize how unrealistic it is, compared to what we’re used to seeing. But then again, who are we to judge. Ford definitely sold a lot of these cars!