Calling all car lovers! Our newest collector’s edition, Automobiles in America, features gorgeous early car ads, plus articles by and about the visionaries who built America’s first cars. Plus illustrations by top Post cover artists.
As an online bonus, we’ve pulled dozens of vintage auto ads that go beyond those early years. Click on any of the images or titles below to get started. And be sure to come back because we’ll be adding more vintage car ads soon!
From fuselage style to the introduction of the Hemi, Chrysler was an innovator throughout the 20th century. Gorgeous Chrysler car ads from the pages of The Saturday Evening Post.
In the early 20th century, The Saturday Evening Post would consistently carry more automobile advertising than any other publication. Perhaps this was why Henry Ford chose its pages to introduce his wonder car, the Model T. It would go on to become one of the most successfully sold automobiles of all time.
Though Ford would start the 1920s as the invincible market leader, it was General Motors’ Chevrolet sales that finally pushed Ford out of the No. 1 spot in 1927. Due in part to advertising in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, General Motors would continue to hold the top slot in all but five of the next 50 years.
Buick ran its first ad in the Post in 1912, and followed it with more than 3,200 ads across the decades. The advertising here highlights the introduction of several models and innovations in the Buick line.
Among the obscure makes whose ads appeared in the Post is Haynes, built in Kokomo, Indiana. This early automaker deserves to be remembered for its distinctive and imaginative advertising.