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Old 03-28-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default The Ten Most Beautiful cars of the 1950s



Moving right along to the 'Powerhouse Era' of American auto design, we have mid-century madness with completely new cars coming out of Detroit almost yearly through out the entire decade. GM leads the way in making pretty much whatever vehicle they w...

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Ahhh, the '56-'57 Mark II. One of my all time favorites...
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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Good choices. Love the Connie and the Bonnie. (Some of your links are broken...)
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
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They sure don't design them like that any more! Nice choices...
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: The Ten Most Beautiful cars of the 1950s

I think they left out 1 of the best
57 Olds hardtop
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Default Re: The Ten Most Beautiful cars of the 1950s

I think just about any car built in 1957 would sweep my top ten. For the sake of it though:

1957 Ford Fairlane 500
1957 Oldsmobile 88
1958 Chevrolet Impala
Just about anything Buick in 1957
1957 Cadillac Eldorado
1954 Chevrolet 210
1953 Buick Skylark (ragtop please!)
1958 Chrysler 300D
1950 Olds 88 (I know it's pretty much a 49...but I can't help it!)
Got to agree on the 52-54 Lincolns and Mercs
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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Not very HAMB Friendly but 1954-56 Austin Healey 100.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
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1958 Buicks really ring my bell, so do Mercury Turnpike Cruisers.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:49 AM   #9
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There wasn't really anything bad made in the 50's if you compare it to al lthe other decades. All the decades before the 50's were simply building up to it and all the decades since have tried to live up to the precedent that it set. There will never be another 50's, it WAS and STILL IS the high water mark of automotive design.

Maybe Detroit wouldn't be hurting so bad if they could figure out to quit trying to re-live that horrible (IMO) muscle car era and try to re capture a little bit of the magic that was the 50's. The bean counters will never let that happen though.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #10
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1953 Studebaker Starliners.......one of Raymond Loewy's best designs...

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For me, 58 was a bust, 59 got better. Almost everyone hit a home run between 55 and 57. A good list. I never think of the smaller manufacturers.
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No love for 57 fury?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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Lot of good memories as a kid floating down the highway in our '58 Cadillac, power everything. Used to make my dad mad when he'd catch me pushing all the buttons and changing all the settings. Ahhh! the good times.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #14
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1958 Buicks really ring my bell, so do Mercury Turnpike Cruisers.
Crap! I forgot about the Turnpike Cruiser...one of my dream cars too! 10 cars is way too short a list!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:59 AM   #15
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I just hope this stops at the 60's lol the 10 most beautiful cars of the 70's it was a toss up between the ford pinto and the chevy citation then 80's chevy cavalier vs ford LTD lol ok im done being a smartass lol
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #16
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50-51 Mercury and 57 Fury should be on that list.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:06 PM   #17
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I love your picks, but I would add a 1958 Bonneville and a 1957 Olds to the list.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #18
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Hope they don't do this for other decades. EVERYTHING newer that '64 looks like shit and I stand by that!
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:24 PM   #19
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'57 Olds and '60 Cad belong on that list.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:29 PM   #20
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57-58 Chrysler 300's are a good looking car. they make the 57 Chevrolet look like a car 10 years older, and make the 58 Chevys look like a Jukebox, all 58 Chevys need is some blinky lights.

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