2022 08 30 CCC Blog Post – Some of our Favourite American Cars of the 1950s
The 1950s were a time of great change in America. The country had just emerged from World War II and the economy was re-emerging. The 1950s was also a time of change in the automotive industry. It was the first time that cars were available on a large scale to most Americans. The industry boomed with new models and people were buying. This decade saw many instant classics We are unable to mention them all so we will bring you some of our favourite 1950s American cars.
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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – A timeless classic, the convertible 1959 Cadillac Eldorado is huge in size for a two-door convertible. Although, the size only adds to the beauty of this car. The ‘59 Eldorado is filled with breathtaking detail as the most noteworthy probably being the massive fins and jet engine-shaped brake lights.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette – This was the first Chevy Corvette ever made, it was the first car produced by a major American automotive manufacturer to use a fiberglass body. The 1953 Corvette was Chevrolet’s first salvo to get into racing. To many people’s disappointment at the time the engine did not have the consistent performance buyers desired. Today, it is highly desired by many collectors as its detail in styling made it stand out from other cars at its time, and it is the first generation of the successful line of Corvettes – “The American Sports Car”.
1955 Ford Thunderbird – The Ford Thunderbird came to market as a response to the Chevrolet Corvette. Since Ford was on the clock to produce a product to rival the Corvette, Ford expedited the process of the Thunderbird, advancing the idea to a prototype in under a year. While the 1955 Ford Thunderbird was the first of many T=bird generations, in its first year it outsold the Corvette approximately 23 to 1 with the Thunderbird selling 16000 units while the Corvette selling a meek 700 units. One of the reasons the Thunderbird outsold the Corvette was that Thunderbird was successful in branding a whole new class of vehicle, the personal luxury car.
1957 Buick Super Riviera – The 1957 Buick Super is an instant classic American car that was manufactured by General Motors. The 1957 Buick Super Riviera is a luxury vehicle that is sought by many. Like many of the other cars on this list, its styling was considered one of the best, from the breathtaking body style to the detailed grille, the car is magnificent with the iconic look that had distinguished Buicks for over a decade, note the fender portholes.
1955 Chrysler C-300 – The ‘55 Chrysler 300, is the first of the long line of Chrysler 300s that followed in the upcoming decade. The original 1955 Chrysler 300 focused on Nascar, as a result of the dedication it became the first mass production car to reach the 300-horsepower car, which is what inspired the name of the series.
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