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American Car and Truck Advertising Collectables

Collectable American car and truck advertising spans a large portion of history. From the earliest car brochures to magazine ads, posters and signs, collectable car advertising is a peek into the past. For example, do you fancy Ford truck advertising? Ford American advertising collectables go back as far as the company has been in business. American car enthusiasts all over the world hunt out these collectables.


Car advertising in the form of posters usually went to dealerships and showrooms. Since they are paper ephemera, collectable posters can be very expensive to find in excellent condition. On the other hand, it is possible to find replicas of car and truck posters.

Magazine Ads

American car and truck advertising started with the earliest models of consumer cars in the very start of the 20th century. They were printed widely in various publications and tend to be less costly to acquire than signs and posters. For people who are interested in collecting advertising, but who are just getting started, magazine advertisements are a good starting point.

Sales Brochures

Before television and widespread advertising, car sales brochures were often the best way for a consumer to learn about new features and models from a car company. Going all the way back to some of the earliest automobiles, today, car enthusiasts find these brochures are a window into the past. You can find brochures as far back as the early 20th century and as recent as last year. You are less likely to find replicas of sales brochures than other collectables, so someone interested in Chevrolet American advertising collectables may be interested in authentic Chevy brochures from a specific era, model or just to round out their brand collection.

Car Signs

In the early days of car ownership, signs were found in petrol stations, garages and dealerships. They were often enameled or porcelain over iron, making them quite heavy. Later, before the Second World War, signs were made from painted aluminium or tin. Original signs from those days are highly collectable and, therefore, rare and difficult to find. On the other hand, good reproduction signs are possible to find.

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