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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CARS OF THE 50's

Some cars from the fabulous 50's, haphazardly extracted from my voluminous image files.

As usual, my enormous amount of pictures will warrant future car posts. I tried to cram  as many as possible into this one.





 1950 Buick




1950


1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan


1951



1951 Caddy


1952

 


1953 Chrysler NewYorker


1953 Nash Ambassador


 1953 Chevy



1953 Dodge


1953 Pontiac

1954 Olds Holiday Coupe



1954 Buick Roadmaster


1954 Pontiac Star Chief

1954 Olds Super 88 Convertible 

1955 Cadillac Fleetwood


 1955 Pontiac Catalina


 1955 Chevrolet
 1956 Chevy


 1956 Chrysler Windsor


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air



1957 Ford Fairlane



1957 Chrysler Windsor
1958 GM ad
 1958 Buick Limited
1959 Continental Mark IV



1959 Cadillac series



22 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the cars Jon. we had a Ford Fairlane one time.

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    1. My parents had a Ford Falcon and that's the car in which I learned to drive.

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  2. my egg donor had a 53 chevy; her father had a 58 chevy belaire in the blue & white paint scheme like the ad above.

    back when american cars were solid steel and huge and you could fit several bodies in the trunk and gas was 21 cents a gallon.

    today? you could not pay me to buy an american car; I like my reliable hyundai cause they last a looooong time.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree. American cars are NOTHING like they used to be. It's such a shame. I presently drive a Toyota.

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  3. Just for argument's sake (I just woke up) most American cars aren't even made in America any more.

    Is is just me (again, blurry eyed) but does the man in the 1954 Olds Super 88 convertible look like he's talking on a cell phone?

    These automobiles are so elegant looking. I remember the trademark door handles on the Continentals. I don't think Continentals are even made any more.

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    1. It does look like he's talking on a cell phone - - but I think he's just calling his wonderful family to get in the wonderful car.

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    2. By the way, most Americans aren't made in America nowadays.......

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  4. By the end of the decade, there were some nice designs. Kind of like the people born in that decade.

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  5. They sure don't make them like that anymore. Cars. And people.

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  6. I remember mornings waiting for the school bus in the late 1950s --with a barn behind us-- with two other neighborhood boys and watching these behemoths pass along the road. We got so we could identify make and model while they were still specks in the distance. Now, I sometimes find myself walking to the wrong car in parking lots. Once, my remote key unlocked a gray Toyota and Norma and I climbed in then jumped out when we perceived it was subtly different from our gray Mazda.

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    1. I laughed so hard when I read this because very similar incidents have happened to me in parking lots. Yes - - they're all grey and they all look identical. It's impossible to distinguish the year or the make.

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  7. Looking at the size of these babies,, I am wondering how I ever learned to parallel park in order to pass a driving test. Somehow I did.

    I remember the anticipation of waiting for the unveiling of the new models. Each one so distinctive that, as Geo said, "we could identify make and model." Now it's anyone's guess.

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    1. I had to parallel park with a 1971 chevy impala...a BOAT, not a car (in my 17 year old mind anyway).

      and I STILL have trouble doing it!

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  8. Exactly! I remember how exciting it was every year to see the new - and distinctively different - models. Each automobile was truly unique. Now it's anybody's guess.
    And whatever happened to colors?? They're all bland and grey now.

    Fortunately, I missed the parallel parking requirement. California no longer had it when I took my driving test.

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    1. you will have to post a pix of this berlingo on your blog; we yanks have no idea what the hell it is!

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    2. I agree with Anne Marie, we yanks have never heard of it.

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    3. I have some knowledge of the Berlingo --a durable machine requiring only routine, relatively inexpensive maintenance. I don't have one but own a 1971 VW bus that refuses to wear out and just gets uglier --and believe the Berlingo capable of the same tyranny.

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    4. Thanks for the interesting input, Geo. I just Googled some photos of the Berlingo and I like it. I could probably get good use out of it here in the wilds.

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  10. I always enjoy cars, the classics anyway. And Yeah, I remember the new cars, the mystery, what will Chevy, Ford and Plymouth do this year?
    Also the colors were mentioned in the comments, yeah, bland. I remember the early 50's when the unique 'two tone' designs came out. THRILL!
    Enjoyed the entry...

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    1. In the 50's my father had a two-tone Willys. It was red and white. I miss those old cars so much.

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  11. I remember most of those cars, but then again, since I'm married to a "car guy" and we go to numerous car shows, I still see them frequently, so it doesn't require all that much "remembering" on my part. My memory's getting refreshed all the time.

    I think the car designs started to get more interesting in around '54 or '55. Before that, they were a bit ugly and utilitarian.

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