Inspired by comments from Bill MacLane, Richard Polt and Bill Guthrie (I had a couple of Triumph Spitfires in the 1970s too, Bill, but my first car was a Morris Mini), and a thorough analysis from Paulo Dal Cheile, I went looking for more Big Gas-Guzzling Car ads.
1959 Ford Custom 300
1959 was also a year when the Royal FP standard typewriter was still a “drab blob” (Alan Seaver’s words on his "Machines of Loving Grace" website) – and you can tell by the way this schoolteacher is holding his head in his hands that he’s not happy about that. The Royal Electric in a pastel blue had arrived in 1954, just not at this guy’s school! And then in 1959 there were all those lovely portables, Laird Fortune Covey's Royal Futura in particular, but also the Remingtons, Joe Barkdoll's Smith-Corona 5TE electric portable and the array of Paul Braginetz-designed Underwoods.
And for the benefit of Bill Guthrie ...