AC Spark Plug Ads

These are just a small portion of the ads that we have for sale. None of these are reproductions, all are original. Most of these are large ads, larger than our scanner bed. Therefore the view shown on the page may not completely show the ad. They are placed in a plastic bag with a cardboard backboard for protection. Please e-mail us with your specific interests.


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Three color 6" x 8 3/4" ad that discusses the fact that using AC Spark Plugs will allow your car to have "Harmony under the hood". The ad lists several reasons, starting with the "patented Coralox Insulator", for the harmony present in cars equipped with AC Spark Plugs. It mentions that this is the "finest insulator in spark plug history" and combines with the other features to make this plug unbeatable.
February 1949
Popular Science
1
$8.00
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Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that wants us to know that AC Spark Plugs are "Fashioned for the Future...". At the top of the ad is a picture of a woman standing next to a General Motors Experimental Car, the Le Sabre. Other smaller pictures show features worth noting on this car and the text mentions the extra power this car will have yet the present AC Spark Plugs were capable of dealing with it.
September 22, 1952
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Three color 10" x 13" ad that says that AC spark plugs have been "on every Pontiac ever built". Shown in vthe ad are photos of the 1926 Pontiac, 1931 Pontiac, 1936 Pontiac and the current model, the 1953 Pontiac. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 28, 1953
Saturday Evening Post
1
$8.00
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Three color 9 1/2" x 12" ad with photos of two powerful cars by General Motors. The top photo is of a Light colored 1953 Corvette being admired by a well-dressed couple and the bottom photo is of the experimental Pontiac Parisienne. The ad headline claims these cars are "Both Featuring AC's" This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
May 4, 1953
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for their Spark Plugs. The ad has a picture of two ladies driving an Oldsmobile Starfire with a large spark plug overhead sending a beam of ignition to the Oldsmobile insignia. The ad headline claims that AC Spark Plugs are "Firing the Oldsmobile Starfire and Factory Equipment on every Oldsmobile since 1911". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 5, 1953
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad showing a Jet Engine Plane and a "Rocket" Engine Oldsmobile and claiming that "ACs with Patented Coraloz Insulator are Built for Both". The text talks about the terrific temperatures that the Spark Plugs in a Jet Engine have to withstand which is why Coralox was invented. The Spark Plugs for cars use resistors of the Same Composition. It continues to describe information about in what ways this product will help you and there is a drawing of the two different applications, jet and automobile, showing the difference.
February 22, 1954
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Three color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad has a drawing of a white horse flying overhead in a balloon. The ad headline claims that "Up Goes Horsepower - with Lively New AC Spark Plugs". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 18, 1954
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Full color 10" x 12" ad with a cutaway view of the AC Spark Plug. The ad headline says that "ACtion starts with AC". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 5, 1956
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 13" ad with a giant spark plug hovering over a highway full of 1958 General Motor's cars. The large AC has been expanded to stand for Auto Care. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 6, 1958
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad with Bing Crosby. In this ad Bing is standing apart from the rest of his foursome at Pebble Beach Golf Course while they wait for another group to finish their putts. There is an Oldsmobile parked on the course which is explained with the text saying that Oldsmobile is sponsoring Bing's tournament. The ad talks about their Hot Tip Spark Plugs and claims they are "Used on more new cars than any other brand!". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view. January 19, 1959
Life magazine
2
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Full color 10" x 13" ad that, while mentioning AC Spark Plugs and Oil Filters, talks about the new inflatable toys that are available. Offered are Sparky and Trapper and the television show Zorro is mentioned as one of the shows where they can be seen. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
February 13, 1959
Life magazine
0
$7.50
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Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad introducing their Fire Ring Spark Plugs. There is a picture of testing going on to make sure that the exclusive conducting seal on these plugs is doing its job. Two AC Spark Plugs are screwed into a fitting attached to a pressure guage and the headline gives us the answer we were waiting for: "No Bubble! No Trouble!" The text gives the details of this test and how well they performed, making the users of AC Spark Plugs feel confident to use them.
April 11, 1960
Life magazine
0
$7.50
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Three color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the fact that using AC Spark Plugs will allow your car to do what it was designed to do. There is a picture of a service station garage where a man in white coveralls is changing the spark plugs on a car while the man and his young son who own the car watch with interest. The mechanic seems to be finishing the job because he is looking at the men and holding the fingers of his right hand in the "OK" signal as the headline says you can "count on AC Spark Plugs to help you...get all the pep you pay for". The text talks about their Fire-Ring spark plugs being used on more new cars than any other brand.
February 3, 1961
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 12" ad for the spark plugs that are claimed to be Lightning on the loose!. The ad has a picture of an AC Spark Plug flying over a Yellow experimental Corvette Stingray that is being driven by a man and his date on a curving mountain road. The ad gives the specifications for this car of the future and the ad claims that "You get years ahead ACtion with AC fire-Ring Spark Plugs". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
January 16, 1962
Look magazine
0
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad for the spark plugs that will give your car "renewed ACtion". The ad has a drawing of a little girl that has walked up to a little boy who sits on the floor playing with his toy cars. She is holding an AC Spark Plug in her hand and has a Quality Service cap on her head and she says to the boy "My pop says AC Spark Plugs are best for your car". The boy turns to look at her as she tells him this and sits wondering, with a smile on his face, just where these things that are about the same size as his car should go. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
May 8, 1962
Look magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad with a picture filled with the only thing that will compare with the charge you will get from a set of AC Spark Plugs, Lightning. The evening sky is being split by numerous bolts of lightning and the headline claims that "This brand of packaged lightning can be found only under the AC name". The text mentions that AC is unique among spark plug manufacturers in that they only produce first line products, they do not sell to other companies spark plugs that will be labeled with another name. In other words, if you want the quality of AC, you must buy an AC.
June 5, 1962
Look magazine
0
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 13" ad with a colorful drawing of a turtle over a colorful drawing of a tiger. The ad headline explains that "Cars that act like turtles - turn into tigers with AC Spark Plugs". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 9, 1962
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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XP-755 Chevrolet Corvette Shark - Full color 10" x 13" AC spark plug ad shows a drawing of this experimental car.
January 18, 1963
Life magazine
1 $7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 12" ad has a picture of an AC spark plug next to a colorful native mask. The ad headline claims that "We don't mask our product". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
February 8, 1963
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Black and white 10" x 13" ad that talks about how the best performance cars use AC Spark Plugs. The ad headline states that "At Daytona AC sparks Winning Performance" and the ad has a chart that gives the results from the 1963 Pure Oil Performance Trials. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
February 22, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that brags about how their plugs will increase the acceleration in your car. There is a drawing of the testing going on at Daytona for the 1963 Pure Oil Performance Trials where, as the headline claims, of the winners "AC sparks five out of six". The text claims that the Self-Cleaning Tip was partly responsible for the results and, at the bottom of the ad, are further details of the types of test run.
April 26, 1963
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Three color 7 1/2" x 10 3/4" ad has a drawing that shows a parked car next to a river as the three male occupants load their fishing gear and outboard motor into their boat. The ad headline calls AC Spark Plugs the "best combination any time".
May 1963
Sports Afield
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their Self-Cleaning Spark Plugs. The ad has a close-up photo of a lady wearing sunglasses while she is sitting in the passenger seat of a car. Reflected in both lenses of her glasses is the image of a red '63 Chevy pulling away into the distance. The ad headline claims that "driving's carefree with AC" and the ad discusses what the Hot Tip will do for you and your car. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
June 7, 1963
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 13" ad shows a Monza GT, the dream car of tomorrow, blasting down a highway with an AC spark plug flying overhead. The caption informs us that this Concept Car has a "92" wheelbase, 165: overall, engine displacement 145 cu. in., 6-cylinder engine featuring dual carburetors, developing 102 SAE BHP at 4400 RPM". The headline says that the "Monza GT sparks the imagination - AC sparks the action". It explains that Tomorrow's car is not for sale but the spark plugs are. If you buy and install AC Spark Plugs in your car will be providing it with Tomorrow's Power Today.
January 3, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that tells us that the AC Fire-Ring Spark Plugs are best for whatever kind of driving you do. There is a set of a pictures of a man in a little boxy car waiting at a stop light and then putting away as the caption says "Whether it's stop and go..." and another picture of a man, wife, child and a dog flying through the countryside in a sleek car with the caption saying "or GO-GO-GO...". The text reminds us of the self-cleaning hot tip that will clean themselves as you drive.
March 24, 1964
Look magazine
1
$7.50
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Three color 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" ad that contains a drawing of a father and son walking toward the mother who is cooking food outdoors at the lake. The ad headline claims that "Autos and Outboards...go every time with AC".
April 1964
Field & Stream
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad with a drawing of a large AC spark plug with a "Don't Forget" string tied around it. The ad headline chides you, "Remember, self-cleaning ACs help boost power". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
July 17, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that describes how different this product looks than the other products so you won't make a mistake and pick up the wrong one. There is a large drawing of one of their plugs, ignitor burning, and the headline claims "We make the only spark plug with four green ribs". You don't want to use anything else because these are self-cleaning to help boost engine power.
September 18, 1964
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that seeks to explain and convince people that AC Spark Plugs can clean themselves which will give the car that is equipped with them longer lasting power. The ad headline shouts "How AC Fire-Ring Spark Plugs clean themselves - help boost engine power" and is followed by four pictures that tell a good story. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
February 12, 1965
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad with a drawing of an AC Spark Plug with the electrode glowing a healthy orange as a spark shoots from the tip. The ad headline claims you can "Boost power with AC's Self-Cleaning Hot Tip". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 5, 1965
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 12 1/2" ad encouraging the reader to "See America with AC". The ad contains an outline of the United States with each section showing a view of the general landscape. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
September 10, 1965
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 13" ad for the plugs that take care of themselves. This ad has a large-scale drawing of an AC Spark Plug in action. The ignitor is glowing and the headline claims that "Self-Cleaning AC Spark Plugs are made for people who 'hate' to buy new spark plugs". The text explains that these plugs give "peak power longer" and that they "clean themselves as you drive". This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
November 12, 1965
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Full color 10" x 12 1/2" ad that features a view of an AC Spark Plug right side up and upside down. The ad text claims that "Drivers who know which end's up...get self-cleaning AC's to help boost power." The ad says that "AC Spark Plugs exclusive self-cleaning Hot Tip Insulator burns away fouling deposits as you drive...gives peak power longer. Next time you change...ask for AC Fire-Ring Spark Plugs".
May 20, 1966
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their Self-Cleaning Spark Plugs. Pictured is a large plug with a portion of the bottom cutaway so the insulator is visible. The headline claims that "Only AC Spark Plugs have this Self-Cleaning Hot Tip Insulator" and the text tries to explain just what this feature means and what it will do for you.
Unknown
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad that talks about the value of having Self-Cleaning AC Spark Plugs. There is a large spark plug pictured with the tip igniting and the headline claims that "Spark Plugs don't last forever...it just seems like when you're using Self-Cleaning ACs". The text claims that the Hot Tip Insulator is responsible for this action and talks about the various benefits you will receive from having plugs that last longer.
June 24, 1966
Life magazine
2
$7.50
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full color 9 1/2" x 13" ad for their plugs that are now Self-Cleaning. There is a picture of a large AC Spark Plug with a lipstick stained kiss mark near the name and the headline explains that "Nobody loves a spark plug...until they discover Self-Cleaning ACs help boost pep and power". The ad text talks about the Fire Ring Spark Plugs having the Hot Tip Insulator. Tlhis ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
September 16, 1966
Life magazine
0
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for their Self-Cleaning Spark Plugs. The ad has an eight-frame cartoon that tells a sad story. A man comes upon a friend of his whose car has stopped running and tries to see what he can do to help. He wonders if the mans' spark plugs might be fouling and offers to take the Self-Cleaning AC's out of his engine to install in his friend's car and see if that helps. They complete the installation and his friend starts his car up and drives away leaving the good samaritan alone with a car that won't run. The text tells us the benefits of putting a set of these plugs in your car.
October 21, 1966
1
$7.50
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Full color 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad for the brand of spark plugs that have been used on every Chevrolet since 1916. The ad headline claims that "AC Spark Plugs were chosen for Chevrolet's 1916 Baby Grand (which the ad has a picture of)...the exciting 1967 Camaro (Which the ad also has a picture of) and 55 million Chevrolets in between". The ad text explains how the AC Spark Plugs have been engineered and designed for the GM cars. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 14, 1966
Life magazine &
November 1, 1966
Look magazine
2
$7.50
View AC Spark Plug / Camaro

Three color 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" ad that reminds us that every General Motors car that leaves the factory, especially the Hot ones, is equipped with AC Spark Plugs.. The ad has a picture of a Corvette shown from the front with a full sun perched on the horizon behind it and the headline claims that "Corvette gets a kick from AC". The text talks about Corvettes demanding "a clean husky spark" and assures us that "AC delivers that spark". With this information you are urged to "give your car the kick Corvette gets".
July 1968
Hot Rod
1
$7.50
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Three color 7 3/4" x 10 1/2" ad with several different photos of motorcycles being ridden in competitive situations. The ad headline tells you that you can "Get performance from your bike with reliable AC Sport Vehicle Spark Plugs".
May 1974
Cycle magazine
1
$7.00
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