Design Insanity: A Gallery of Sixties Hardtop Advertisements | The Every day Drive | Shopper Information® The Every day Drive

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1964 Mercury Marauder

Say the phrase “hardtop” and any vintage-auto fanatic is aware of what you’re referring to: a closed-roof automotive with a pillarless roofline (i.e., no door posts to interrupt up the circulate of the styling).  Although there have been earlier examples of the essential idea, Normal Motors kicked off the hardtop as we all know it by introducing a pillarless-coupe physique model in its Buick, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile product traces halfway via the 1949 mannequin yr.

The glamorous styling function took maintain virtually instantly, and opponents rushed to discipline their very own hardtop fashions. American automakers continued to innovate and increase on the idea because the Fifties progressed. GM launched four-door hardtops for 1955, and American Motors was first to market with a hardtop station wagon: the Nash (and in addition Hudson) Rambler Customized Cross Nation, which debuted for 1956.

With no door pillars to take care of, auto stylists had been freed to create sleeker, extra fashionable rooflines—and people rooflines grew to become particularly dramatic on the tail finish of the Fifties, because the entrance and rear roof pillars acquired smaller and the glass areas of the tops acquired bigger. Moreover their fashionable seems, hardtops supplied the all-weather safety and solidity of a closed-roof automobile mixed with not less than a number of the breezy, open-air really feel of a convertible when the aspect home windows had been rolled down.

By the Sixties, the hardtop was a elementary a part of new-model planning in Detroit, and plenty of European makes supplied them as properly. Nevertheless, by the early Seventies, the top of the normal hardtop was already in sight, due primarily to the specter of latest federal security rules and, maybe, an more and more litigious society. With their inherently weaker roof designs, pillarless-roof automobiles couldn’t supply the identical stage of safety in rollover and side-impact crashes as their pillared counterparts—even when geared up with structural reinforcements to their chassis that added weight and harm gas economic system. Auto producers started eliminating hardtops from their respective lineups because the Seventies wore on, and by the top of the last decade, the style was primarily extinct within the U.S. (save for the occasional imported hardtop coupe with smaller window openings and thick roof pillars).

Collected listed below are a couple of dozen print advertisements for Sixties hardtops—arguably the heyday of the model. When you frolicked with one among these (or another) hardtop automobiles, inform us about it. The place to go away feedback is down under.

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1960 Dodge Dart

1960 Dodge Dart Ad

1960 Dodge Dart Advert

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1960 Rambler

1960 Rambler Ad

1960 Rambler Advert

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1961 Plymouth

1961 Plymouth Ad

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1962 Cadillac

1962 Cadillac Ad

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1962 Mercedes-Benz 300d

1962 Mercedes-Benz 300d Ad

1962 Mercedes-Benz 300d Advert

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1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire

1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire Ad

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1964 Mercury Marauder

1964 Mercury Marauder Ad

1964 Mercury Marauder Advert

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1965 Pontiac

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1966 AMC Ambassador DPL

1966 AMC Ambassador DPL Ad

1966 AMC Ambassador DPL Advert

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1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Ad

1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Advert

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1967 Chevrolet Caprice

1967 Chevrolet Caprice Ad

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1969 Buick LeSabre

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