The Noble Land Yacht: 6 Classic TV Ads For Impossibly Huge Cars

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Sleeps two comfortably under that hood
Back in the day, cars were cars. Huge, hilariously oversized, impractically massive, cars.

The land yachts of yore -- the Caddys, the Mercurys, etc. -- made no bones about "fuel efficiency" or "miles per gallon" or "ability to park." They were giant movable land masses, and you were a god just by being behind the wheel.

And, of course, those car makers advertised their goods to get you to buy. Here are six classic TV ads foisting incredibly wasteful gas-guzzlers on the public:

6. 1973 Mercury Marquis
The opening shots of this ad emphasize the most important thing about the car: You could land a Cessna on the front hood. After that, it tediously takes us through testimony by a group of chauffeurs with names and an ethnic mix right out of some B-movie WWII platoon.


5. 1974 Cadillac
Comes complete with spooky cult-like chorus telling you "this one is the leader."


4. 1977 Lincoln Continental
Oil crisis? What oil crisis? "Some luxury cars are smaller than last year, but Lincoln retains its traditional luxury-car size." Take that, OPEC!

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eBest Cars
eBest Cars

Thanks for sharing. I have always loved these cars but was unfortunate to get one. I would like to buy one if I find any someday.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Pretty sure that Cougar was just a mocked up Mustang Mach 1.

MadMac
MadMac

You couldn't find one ad for the King of all '70s cars, the deuce and a quarter, (Buick Electra 225)? I know there are some Oldsmobile ads out there, too. Or even SNL gag commercial for the Chrysler Cordoba? Hundai has corrupted you with their oh-so-special reliability and MPH, haven't they?

TK
TK

Don't see a problem with any of these cars.  It's the electric crap and the stupid little Smart piece of junk I can't stand.

MadMac
MadMac

That's right and tells those kids to get off your lawn.

TK
TK

They don't call me Walt Kowalski for nothing, Toad.

MadMac
MadMac

Too funny, TK. Speak your truth, player, speak your truth.

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