The cars of the 1950s are the most classic and powerful already been conducted. The automotive industry was starting a new concept, “the sports car”. The main feature was the popularity of convertible “hardtop”, but the design was more modern and the acceleration more amazing each year.
I bet you know at least one of these american cars the most iconic of the decade of 1950:
- Buick Super
- Buick Electra
- Cadillac Eldorado
- Chrysler 300c
- Chevrolet 210
- Chevrolet c3100
- Chevrolet Bel Air
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Chevroletand El Path
- Ford Country Station Wagon
- Ford F100
- Ford Thunderbird
- Mercury 1954
- Mercury Coupe
The Industry Automobile in the United States in the 50’s
If it is real or imaginary I do not know, but in my head, the 50’s are a golden era in the culture of the United States. There were horrible things, but the economy was recovering after decades of depression. The future was promising.
One of the points of gravity of american culture of the era is one of the “enemies” of today: the car. The period of prosperity in the 1950s caused a real renaissance in the automotive industry north american.
The industry came out strengthened from the Second World War. With the end of the conflict, the factories were able to stop making military products and a return to producing consumer goods. It is estimated that at the end of the decade of 50 one among every six americans worked in the automobile industry.
The 50’s saw a growing rumbling in the production of cars in the United States. Alone, produced more vehicles than England, France, Japan, Sweden, and many other countries together.
- In 1950, there were 25 million cars registered, most made before the Second War
- In 1958, they had 67 million cars on the streets.
New business models needed to be created just to meet this “car culture”, among them, the drive-in, drive-through, restaurants and cinemas.
The Design of the american cars in the 50’s
While the fashion and architecture sought to the simplicity and the conformity of the nuclear family, the cars urravam optimism and enthusiasm.
The chrome appeared, and with it a sense of luxury in a country that is gradually recovering from the efforts of a world-wide conflict. The art deco style of the 30’s was a beacon of optimism during the great depression. The muscle cars of the 60’s would be the embodiment of performance. The tubs caudadas of the 50’s were a symbol of prosperity post-war.
The cars were:
- More low,
- more long,
- more massive
- and more robust.
The fins were more like monsters of the deep, or better…rockets, reflecting the start of the space age.
The car became a symbol of success. People wanted to be every time bigger, more powerful, and more bright. For teens, taking a driver’s license and having a car meant starting his own life, free of the control of parental.
The manufacturers of Detroid did everything to invent novelties and excite consumers. While the Europeans cast the compact and athletic, the Americans thought only heavy metal. The car was a new subject, exciting, and more affordable than ever. The people discussed the new models, and they knew all the details: the power, cubic inches, design features, and of course, the cost.
The Big Three: Major manufacturers
The “Big Three”, as they were called, the main manufacturers of the time, are super well-known. GM, Ford Motors, and Chrysler fought dick the dick at the first place.
What made things more exciting at the time is that there were also plants under in the competition. Some prominent names that no longer exist are the Crosley, Hudson, Kraiser-Frazer, Nash, Packard, Studebaker, and Willys.
50 years in the United States was a new car behind the new car. This fierce competition has brought important innovations to the consumers.
Any innovation was locked with seven keys. Everything was done to generate hype around big revelations. Imagine the excitement when launched new models? There was no internet, and barely had television. People ran to the shops to see which was the latest novelty. For those who know, do a test drive.
Now you will check out some of the great cars of the 50’s. Those who like to design sophisticated twist to the nose, because they are not economic, nor a little bit ecological, and neither at the same insurance. But as they were beautiful!
Buick Super, 1951
Cadillac, Eldorado, 1953
Chevrolet Corvette, 1953
Chrysler 300c, 1955
The car the most powerful of its time, with 37 victories in NASCAR.
Cadillac Eldorado, 1959
Convertible Chevrolet Bel Air, 1955
Pickup Chevrolet El Path, 1959
Buick Electra, 1959
Mercury Coupe 2 Door, 1951
Chevrolet 210, 1955
Ford Country Station Wagon, 1955
Ford F100, 1954
International Harvester Metro Van, 1959
Ford Thunderbird, 1959
Ford Hudson Hornet, 1952
Chevrolet 210 Sedan, 1957
Chevrolet c3100, 1955
The cars, american ‘ 50s always will occupy an important place in the history of the automotive industry, and a special place in the garage of all the collectors of models of old cars. What is your favorite season?
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