Classic vintage pin ups with cars, dogs, tools – I believe it was Sir-Mix-A-Lot who once wisely said, “To hell with romancin’ she’s sweat, wet, got it goin’ like a turbo ‘Vette.”
Ah, yes… What goes together better than beautiful, curvy women and classic cars? These vintage pin ups and auto parts advertisements by artists like Gil Elvgren from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s were pretty racy for their day. Even though they’re over half a century old, they can still get your motor running.Pin Up girls + Cars: a winning advertising formula
You know how those crazy college girls are always putting on high heels and changing you car’s oil?
Maybe not in this world, but it happened in the fantasy world of pin-up girls in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and 1960’s. Besides, since advertising first began, we’ve known that sex sells, and the most direct route to a man’s mind and wallet is though his genitals. Anyway, enjoy!
18 Best Vintage Pin Up Girls + Cars:
Vintage Miss Sylvania Pin Up Getting Out of Convertible (Gil Elvgren, 1950’s):
Vintage Pin Up Girl w/ Dog, 1940s Ditzler Convertible
Vintage Ditzler Pin Up Girl With Cowboy Hat & Dog (1960s):
Victor Pin Up Girl, Mechanic in Heels 1940s:
NAPA Pin Up Girl w/ Trophy and Checkered Flag, Muscle Car (Gil Elvgren, 1960s):
Pinup Girl Shooting Skeet w/ Vintage Muscle Car (Elvgren 1960s)
Pin Up Girl Heating Up Some Meat w/ Dog + Convertible Car in Background
Tough Looking Pin Up Girl Changing a Tire in a Short Skirt & Heels (Gil Elvgren, 1950s)
Pin Up Girl in Heels With Convertible (Gil Elvgren, 1950s)
NAPA Buxom Pin Up Girl Rowing a Canoe w/ Muscle Car (Elvgren, 1960s):
Classy Pin Up Girl Sitting on Bumper of Convertible w/ Flat Tire, Showing Leg (1950s)
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Pin Up Girl Mechanic w/ Wrench and High Heels (Gil Elvgren)
Vintage Pin Up Girl w/ Convertible Car on Beach (1960s)
Vintage Pin Up Girl w/ Convertible Muscle Car on Beach (NAPA, Gil Elvgren 1960s)
Pin Up Girl w/ Duck Lips and Groceries in Short Skirt – Lubrication, Vintage 1960s Car
Vintage Philips AutoRadio Advertisement – Woman Dancing on Hood
Vintage Pinup Girl With Makeup on Bumper of Car Wearing Heels (1950s)
Vintage Pinup Girl on Motorcycle: Oops, My Skirt! (Gil Elvgren 1960s)
Vintage Blonde Pin Up Girl w/ Dog and Water Skis at Beach
1950s Pin Up Girl With Dog & Convertible
Pin-up girls + cars = a winning advertising formula
After seeing one of these pin-ups, a man was probably more likely to choose NAPA auto parts (or whatever brand was featured with one of these pretty girls) Even though there was a limit to what they could get away with before the Sexual Revolution, they still manage to pour on the cheeky innuendo, even though these are tame by today’s standards.
Notice the not so subtle elements like tools, updrafts of air, and a even sign for “lubrication.” In one or two of the later ads, you actually have to look to find the car in the background. These are the best pin-ups of girls with cars that I could find during an exhaustive international (online)search.
Actually, it was these ads that still inspire modern advertising, like the recent Carl’s Jr. commercial with Kate Upton:
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