Classic Cars of the Fifties

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Classic Cars of the Fifties
Car manufacturing was booming in the 1950s. (1950s British sports saloon image by TA Craft Photography from

The 1950s were postwar years, and young men from the army were coming back from overseas to get new jobs. This was the start of the baby boom generation, and car manufacturing was next on the horizon. The 1957 Chevy and Ford Thunderbird are commonly included on the list of classic cars from the decade. Other cars were considered classics because of their unique design or limited production.

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1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

The 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz has the word Eldorado written in gold script on the centre of the boot lip, according to Below the engraved name, there's a gold V with a wide angle. The word Biarritz was also written in gold script on the upper front fenders. Only 2,150 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz models were produced in 1956.

1958 Edsel Ranger

The 1958 Edsel Ranger was manufactured by Ford and had a "Teletouch" shifter that controlled the transmission with push buttons. The electronic push buttons were on the steering wheel, according to Approximately 8,000 name suggestions were given to Richard Krafve, the Special Products Division Manager, before he chose the name Edsel. Ford Motor Co. offered the model for only three years, selling just over 110,000 cars. It was considered a spectacular failure. Today there are only 6,000 working Edsel Rangers left in the world, according to The Edsel ranger's production was limited to 1958 and 1959, making it a classic collector item for car enthusiasts.

1953 Fiat 1400

The 1953 Fiat 1400 was the first car that Fiat produced with a diesel engine, according to the company. The 1953 Fiat 1400 had a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour and weighed 1,120 kilograms, according to The car had a hand brake under the instrument panel and a 1.4-litre engine producing 44 horsepower. The Fiat was produced through most of the decade -- from 1950 to 1958 -- making it one of the best remembered cars of the time.

1958 Buick Limited

Buick built only 1,026 Buick Limited coupes in 1958, making it a classic '50s collector's car, according to The boot had a cloth floor, and each car had a Fashion-Aire Dynastar grille with 160 chrome squares, according to Each lid of the boot had chrome tips, and the front featured quad headlights. The taillights were located in large chrome panels. Three stylised V emblems were placed on the car, one on the bonnet and two as fender-toppers.

1955 DeSota Fireflite Coronado

The 1955 DeSota Fireflite Coronado had a V8 engine with 255 horsepower and was wider and longer than previous models of the car, according to The DeSota Fireflite Coronado could go from 0 to 60 in 11 seconds and had a top speed of 110 miles per hour. The car had a wraparound windshield design and could seat up to six adults comfortably. Approximately 500 of these cars were produced, making it one of the rarer cars of the 1950s.

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