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Victory Auto Wreckers - "Car Door Mishap" (Commercial, 1992)

Here's one of (if not the most) famous commercials ever - the Victory Auto Wreckers ad where the car door almost falls on the guy's foot. Contrary to popular belief, this ad originated in May of 1985 - despite the 70s-looking wristband/watch the guy is wearing.

Featuring Bob Zajdel as the hapless car owner and Luis ? as the tow-truck driver, who were both employees at the time.

Also - WGN-TV veteran Bob Kastigar says, "Jeff Glauberg did the original tape editing for that commercial - on a 2' videotape."

Al Hall did the camera work.

Voiceover by ??

"710 East Green in Bensenville, near O'Hare...860-2000."

This aired on local Chicago TV early Friday, April 17th 1992.

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There's also the same commercial dubbed in 2-3 languages, too.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 9:30am.

interesting information Fuzz. I believe I read in Tom McNamee's "The Chicago Way" column in the Sun-Times some time back that this commercial originated in 1981 but if the company says '85 I'll believe that. I tell some of my co-workers who came to this country from Mexico and those born beyond 1985 that I used to watch this commercial as a little kid.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 9:37am.

It seems that every station that airs this commercial uses their own voice over talent. WGN's version runs today with Dean Richards as the VO... and three changes to the text:

- That old car "could" be worth money.

- Victory will "tow it away" no matter what condition you car is in, and you "could" get cash on the spot.

- Victory has "ten" acres of used parts.

And the area code is now 630.

Comment posted by Szake on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 9:56am.

Yay! Glad to see this version of the Victory Auto Wreckers finally made the website. Another eternal question...anybody have a clue where was this commercial was shot? I presume in a residential area of Bensenville or nearby?

Now, where's Eagleman? :)

Comment posted by APM on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 11:34am.

I used to have this commercial memorized.
Comment posted by Pete on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 1:07pm.

GalagaFleetCommander - Every bit of evidence in the hundreds and hundreds of tapes I've gone through over the years tells me that this version of the commercial didn't appear before 1985. So I would have to say that Tom McNamee is mistaken. I know it seems counterintuitive though.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 2:13pm.

Szake is right about different stations using their own vocieover talent, on WCIU this Chicago classic is narrated by non other than Rich Koz!! (which I think is fitting, two chicago icons :) Also APM, I believe that this was shot in Bensenville, I use to live there, in a house almost of the exact same design as the brown one with the slanted roof and those houses were all over the place in Bensenville!!
Comment posted by RivaMarsh on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 4:53pm.

@APM Here's a couple of Eagleman's commericals:

The original (partial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e4nlfdRI

The other with Mancow Muller (edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPzV0YgqtRY

The third version (the Freak Dealer) (edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPzV0YgqtRY

Comment posted by Betamax75 on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 6:17pm.

@Fuzz, I was a bit mistaken not Tom. That commercial was filmed in '85 so I must've confused it with the original Victory commercial from '81..so in all fairness to Tom, my bad LOL

If you can't find it Fuzz in your vast archive it must not exist. This commercial, Moo and Oink, and One Stop were the all-stars of WGN late night commercial breaks

Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 8:03pm.

I have fond memories of that commercial. I remember Rich Koz parodied that commercial during his 'Koz Zone' show (Vic Sorry Auto Snatchers).
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, June 21st 2010 at 8:08pm.

I was looking at that guy's watch, I would say late '79 or early '80 when the wrist armor watches were in style. My dad used to have one.
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Tuesday, June 22nd 2010 at 7:54am.

Once had the pleasure and honor of working with the master tape of this spot. Really thought it should have been only handled with gloves. You are all right that every station in town has a version of it with their own graphics and announcer. I think the original tag graphic didn't have an area code on it. Back when we were all 312?
Some years ago on WFLD they did a piece on old spots like this one and they found the guy who almost gets the door on his foot. I seem to recall he was a tow truck driver they talked into doing it. He proudly showed off the watch wrist band that he still had.

Comment posted by TeleFrank on Sunday, June 27th 2010 at 7:30am.

For some reason, I seem to recall that this commercial is much older than 1985.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Saturday, June 4th 2011 at 8:14pm.

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