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Customs Five Favorite Fins of the Fifties (and early 60s)

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. Flamed48
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    That's easy the 56 chevy ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398180243.063478.jpg

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  3. Alleycatgarage
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    from So Cal

    Think of the guy drawing this ,was he high or very creative ,when I was young did not like these ,maybe cause most were lowriders now I am feeling lucky![​IMG][/]
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  5. T&A Flathead
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    T&A Flathead

    My favorite is the '59 Buick.
  6. Tom davison
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    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

  7. syxxstring
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    The early 60's comets had some great fins too.
  8. Squablow
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    60 Plymouth is my favorite. It's like a bad Popular Mechanics cover drawing come to life.
  9. Definitely one of the most iconic periods in American automotive design. The tailfins seemed to define the excess of the post war years.

    In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: "You know that little ball you put on the aerial so you can find your car in a parking lot? That should be on every car! And some things are so snazzy they never go out of style; like tail fins! And bubble domes! And shag carpeting!"


    How about the dual stacked fins on a '57 Packard:
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  10. George
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  11. Hyfire
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    The '57 Cadillac is a great first choice.

    The 1957 Cadillac line actually had 3 distinct sets of fins available. The standard reverse-leaning fin, the Eldorado shark-fin (shown) and the Brougham which previewed what the '58 would look like. All looked completely different.
  12. miky2001
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    from houston

    gotta love the 59 chevy

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  13. RainierHooker
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    from Tacoma, WA

    By far my favorite...


    '57 Studebaker Hawk. Love the fins. Love the shape. Love the contrasting color scheme. Love the chrome 'louvers'.

    ...and the rest of the car ain't bad to look at either.
  14. leocad
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    from LA, CA

    Nothing will ever beat this in my eyes.

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  15. jcmarz
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    from Chino, Ca

    The 57 Chevy has the most iconic fin there is. Anybody who sees one knows it's a 57 Chevy and it's a pop culture symbol of the 50s.
  16. catdad49
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    And just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, Fins...Fins... Everywhere!! I like most of them now, maybe not when they were new, but I always liked the Hawk fins for what they added to an old design( not dated by any means). Even after I found out that they were bolted on, I thought they were still Cool. Thanks Bomber.
  17. I may be a bit biased, but my "Favorite Fins of the Fifties" are the '57 Chrysler:

    Our '57 300 C (now owned by HAMBer johnl)

    Most recently, "our" 300C was part of the "FINS: Form Without Function" exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum (February 2013 - February 2014):

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  18. Rusty O'Toole
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    Rusty O'Toole

    Love the DeSoto (second from left in above picture). They had a great fin, and integrated it into the tail lights and bumper better than anybody.

    "Fins form without function" not true in the case of Chrysler. Their bodies were wind tunnel tested and the fins definitely improved straight line stability at high speeds and in cross winds. Important on the new interstates which allowed cruising speeds up to 70, and were built for speeds up to 100.

    This was confirmed by independent tests. Andy Granatelli set Bonneville records with Chryslers and he said the 61 was definitely more stable than the 62. The only difference, the 62 was shorn of fins.

    59 Chevs were accused of getting airborne at speed because of their fins. This was a myth, their horizontal fins did nothing.
  19. Ulu
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    from CenCal

    Except attract car buyers like fleas.
  20. Ulu
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    from CenCal

    I saw one of these ('59 Caddy) at the Autorama maybe 12 years back. It had the fins completely shaved from the body and it looked wonderful. Wish I could remember the name.

    It's just amazing to me that I liked that car both with and without the fins equally well. One of my favorite bulgemobiles of all time.
  21. INTMD8
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    from Il.

  22. autobilly
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    Me too. Iconic.
  23. I'm a big fin fan. I don't recall any I don't like,although I am sure there is probably one out there I am not thinking of. The 59 Chevy I think is the worst but still its a good looking car.
    I agree the 61-62 Caddy is one of the most tasteful and the 57 Chevy is the iconic fin winner to me.
  24. autobilly
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    Another I'm quite partial to. Subtle and well integrated.
  25. Arekusu
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    1957 Coupe de Ville fin

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  26. George
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    Saw Mopar literature claiming they made it better in a crosswind. No, increasing "sail area" hurts in a crosswind. dolts.
  27. rprice76
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    from Palominas

    My uncle bought the 60 convertible. As he was signing the paperwork the sales guy said "Are you married?" My uncle replied "nope!"


    Final signature.....done wraps up all documents and eyes my uncle.

    With this baby, you will be soon!.

    Very right!. Maried my aunt a year later. The car was captured in video at their wedding. My aunt found the video and had it turned into a DVD. I should rip it and post it here! Big, Red, and fins for miles!
  28. Here's my "Three Favorite {Italian} Fins of the Fifties" ... the Alfa Romeo "Berlinetta Aerodynamica Technicas" (BATs) designed by Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone:

    left to right: 1953 BAT 5, 1954 BAT 7, & 1955 BAT 9
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  29. George
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    That would be cool, at also!:)

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