Turn the clock back: New launches for 1964If you were looking for a new car at holiday time 50 years ago, you had a lot to choose from…Author:raustinPublish date:Dec 17, 2013If you were looking for a new car at holiday time 50 years ago, you had a lot to choose from… Pontiac shook up the U.S. new-car landscape 50 years ago when it offered a sporty Tempest LeMans with an optional 389-cid V-8 under the hood. The Grand Turismo Omologato (GTO) package lit the fuse on the muscle car wars. The Triumph 1200 was called a compact “swinger” in this ad. Top-down fun wouldn’t have been that appealing for most in December, however. The redesigned Thunderbird’s new flair and rectangular tail lamps were shown off in this late-1963 ad. With these lines, the handsome new 1964 Ford would sure get a buyer noticed. The Corvette faced a steep challenge with an encore for the wildly popular 1963 models. This ad showed that the “split-window” on the coupe was gone for ’64, making it easier to see Santa Claus out the rear window. Santa could bring you a fun, rugged new 1964 International Scout for about $1,700. If you wanted plenty of room to haul a Christmas tree or gifts, the Studebaker Wagonaire was a perfect choice. Canadian holiday car shoppers could test drive a new 1964 Acadian Beaumont, which was akin to a Chevrolet Chevelle. Who wouldn’t be happy to wake up on Dec. 25 and receive the keys to a 1964 Ford Falcon — with V-8 power and a drop top?