1950s cars were something special. Life in the ’50s seemed to be expanding. more people where buying homes in the suburbs, TVs were taking over the modern living room, and car manufacturers were churning out instant classics. While Americans were looking for opportunities in a booming economy, these cars gave them new ways to get around.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
There aren’t many 1950s cars more iconic than the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. The first Thunderbird made its appearance at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The blend of sportscar aesthetics and American luxury made it an instant hit.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
The first Corvette launched in 1953, however, it was the 1956 model that set the stage for this car’s future. While the original had been a lackluster response to European sports cars of the time, the 1956 version improved handling and added more of the flair this model would come to be known for.
1959 Pontiac Bonneville
The luxurious wide-body style of this classic set it apart from other vehicles of the time. The Bonneville didn’t try to be a tiny sports car, but its V8 engine and sleek style separated it from the large family sedan.
1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
The 1956 Bel Air captures the essence of what made 1950s cars so great. This convertible was made for style and performance. This one was perfect for cruising the boulevard, hitting the drive-in, or even winning races with its light design and v8 engine.
These, of course, are just a few of the great cars the 1950s had to offer. What’s your favorite 1950s car? Let us know in the comments. Want more content like this? Follow The Greatest Generation on Facebook and Twitter.