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Take it from the late Jimmy Dean: "Climbs hills like a sure-footed stallion"

Long before hawking his signature line of pork sausage, Jimmy Dean pitched the virtues of the engine-in-the-back Chevy Corvair.

The Plainview, TX native, who died Sunday at age 81, did the below commercial in 1960, just a year before recording his chart-smashing anthem, "Big Bad John." The extended spot has a State Fair motif and a hokey feel that was pretty typical of the times. A half-century later, though, I sure wish I had one of those cars.