Studebaker obviously wasn’t the only one posing their cars in front of stock photos. Pretty cheesy, though.
Both are great photos! And the both cars’ colors are well suited to the background.
But the Acropolis photo–to get the car to that spot, that is impressive! Are you certain that’s a ‘real’ picture, vs ‘photoshopped’ in?
The cars were apparently not taken to those locations but were posed in front of pictures of those locations.
Both cars’ colors are too close to the background, as they were in yesterday’s ’55 Chevy photos. Don’t they want the cars to stand out? But they’re professional ad people, they must know what they’re doing. /sarc
GM Photographic was notorious for using studio shots with huge photo backdrops. I seriously doubt either car left Michigan.
Fitz/Van did a better job. 🙂
Cheesy backgrounds or no, those are beautiful cars.
GM Photographic was notorious for using studio shots with huge photo backdrops. I seriously doubt either car left Michigan. And, yes, the Fitz/Van ad illustrations were pure art.
Should have been a Parisienne in front of the Eiffel tower. 🙂
heavy thighs on the GP
the fender skirts turned the GP into too much a shorter Bonneville, taking the sport look down a level – still a fine looker, but the Catalina 2+2 looks like it was now the sport model
One of the few cars that looks good both with and without fender skirts.
I suspect the tree on the left of both pictures belongs to the species Juniperus Airbrushii.
Athens was the plum assignment since they got to spend a night there. Paris, it was drive over there, wash the car, snap the pic and then straight back to Rüsselsheim.
Dad had a 1978 Bonneville Brougham 4-door sedan which came with fender skirts. Even Cadillac had lost those by that time. Sometime before that he drove a 1964 Catalina 2-door hardtop. What a contrast in style! I guess you could say Pontiac went for “Baroque” starting around 1970
European mural look was big, especially in themed-restaurants that offered Greek, Italian, and Mexican foods. One can still go to an old family-owned ethnic restaurant and see one of the dining room walls festooned with an ethically-themed mural. All of this fit the zeitgeist of the 1960s where adults had veteran experiences overseas.
Over the next decade, these murals were covered in dark walnut plywood or avocado shag carpeting.
These full size Pontiacs of the ’60’s seemed to be the first big cars to be deemed collectible, compared to their GM stablemates.
The Grand Prix, Bonneville, 2+2 rebounded quickly from the bottom of the depreciation
curve to rise in value.
Around 1978, I went looking for one of these beasts and was surprised how much they were going for compared to other makes.
It seemed you could buy a early sixties Lincoln Continental sedan for less than one of these!
That’s interesting, because on the way down when some hot “new” GM product began to go over the hill, it seemed like the Pontiac versions always fell first.
It could be interesting to compare these photos with the paintings done by AF/VK alias Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman.
Here’s one that I liked… 🙂
omg: Longer, Lower, Wider
Another one in the series – unfortunately the backdrop in this case has been reversed…
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