Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. They don’t call ’em power couples for nothing. And when it comes to automotive art, Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman were the undisputed kings of 1960s advertising.
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That is a 1971 Trans Am ad...note the wheels, high back buckets & the lettering on the shaker. I am lucky enough to have purchased the 1970 T/A print from Fitz several years back at a Pontiac Nationals event. Framed on my wall.
I graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Some of my instructors there were active artists during this era and the stories they would tell, oh my! Their time was similar to that of the recent series "Madmen". While he wasn't either of these gentlemen, I learned how to properly draw a tire in perspective from one of the best illustrators of his time. It's actually one of the most complicated things a car illustrator had to learn. Of course, I'm referring to the days before computers did all the drawing!
The glamour cars are long gone now. If Pontiac was still around, the cars would be cookie-cutter cars for GM, just like the rest of the brand. Even Ford and Chrysler have the same basic style as the rest of the world, for the most part. There are no cars made today that I can think of that have the style of 50’s & 60’s cars.
In the late sixties, my uncle and I waited for the arrival of his brother-in-law and sister to meet us for a short vacation at the Torch Tip resort at the northern shore of Torch Lake in Michigan. We waited in his '58 Pontiac for the tell tale vertical headlights of his brother-in-law's Pontiac. They finally appeared on the Northern Michigan roads, and we guided the family to the resort, there was a campfire, and I saw the Milky Way in the northern Michigan sky. I've never been closer to Heaven.