What a better way to start a 1980s themed weekend edition than posting a video dated to 1990? Well, to some people 1990 was still ’80s, and I haven’t actually even stopped living in the 1980s either, so I do think it’s all good. In any case, it’s likely this awesome piece of advertising was shot in ’89, so it’s legit.
Now that I’ve preceded the Peugeot 205 ad with babble not actually describing the ad at all, we can move on to the clip itself. It’s very much reminiscent of the ending of A Man and a Woman, where the hero drives his Mustang quickly to catch up with the train. A 205 is a nice alternative for American muscle.
[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OKeoOJWe0k[/youtube]
The soundtrack to the ad is “Why” by Bronski Beat, and it’s definitely something I can relate to. I’ve formed a strong bond with my own cheap 205, and the line “You and me together” is close to the French version of Jinba Ittai you get with the small Peugeot.
'80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205
So realistic! Only a pre-WW2 steam train could be out-paced by a Peugeot 205.
In an Atomic Toasters moment, I’ve identified the train as the NZR (New Zealand Rail) AB class 4-6-2 locomotive #778, which in 1990 would have been pulling the restored Kingston Flyer tourist train. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Flyer
I also found out Peugeot made a commercial using another train, this time in Arizona in 1997, but I can’t find a video of it. http://www.movie-trains.com/peugeot97.html
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