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

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. The Continental
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    So besides Cadillacs 1957-61 minus the regular 1957s, you've got the other GM 1959s minus Olds. Add in the 1960 Chrysler and 1954 Skylark.
     
  2. Special Ed
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    And yet someone still felt the need to embellish them! Only a few handfuls were ever built, but the Chevrolet El Morocco took Chevy's fin design to a new level ... :)


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  3. flamingokid
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    '59 Chevy...those cars always looked like they would take flight.
     
  4. SuRfAcE_RuSt
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  5. edwardlloyd
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    My favorites are the 1957-59 Dodge fins. The Forward Look body was the sleakest of the late fifties and Dodges styling was just a million dollar look.
    1st picture found on the internet from Holland.
     

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  6. edwardlloyd
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    And my second favorite are the 1960-61 Dodge Polara. The 61s were pretty ugly up front but the super rare ones with the Plymouth front look way better. So really it's Dodge from '57 to '61 who takes home my trophy.
     

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  7. BurnoutNova
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    Agreed. Them fins command respect!
     
  8. I'm a little biased to early Comets..

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    And '59 Chevys, but I'm pretty sure everyone knows what those look like..
     

  9. That looks perfect!
     
  10. GRX
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    :cool: '59 Biscayne, always been my favorite of the fins. Bottom of the line big car with simplistic styling. And that cat-like rear stance. Gotta love it ... or hate it. To me the front portals coupled with the tail lights provides a symmetry which many other finned cars lack. In '60 they bent the rear fins like gull's wings and changed the tail lights. Ruined it for me.
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  11. belair
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    I'm a 57 Chevy guy all the way, but the Forward Look Mopars are so right.
     
  12. I stand corrected.
     
  13. Gotgas
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    There are a lot of nice fins out there, but IMO the '57-58 Chryslers and DeSotos were the cleanest and best. For me the runners-up are '59 Buick and '60 Cadillac.

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  14. George
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  17. 54Buick48D
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    1960 Imperial fins

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  18. 50Fraud
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    I'm not a big fin fan, but I agree with your preferences.

    According to aerodynamicists, stability is enhanced when the center of pressure (the center of the side plan view area) is behind the center of gravity. Tailfins move the center of pressure aft, and would improve that relationship.
     
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  19. oldthudman
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    Agreed the Hawk was one of the best.........
     
  20. mixedupamx
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    that 59 is incredibly beautiful! I'm in love:D
     
  21. imperialman67
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    Contest over!
     
  22. Ulu
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    Not quite. They move the center of pressure aft.
     
  23. 50Fraud
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    Thanks for the correction. I misspoke, and have since corrected what I wrote above.
     
  24. Logjammin
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    Mine is and always will be the 57-58 desoto... Why not start the fins in the middle of the car?
     
  25. Logjammin
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    59 Buick for sure wins front end... Mean looking... Too bad all that petered out... Think fins will loop back around? That'd be cool Christine was always a neat Plymouth and I don't think enough recognition goes to those fins
     
  26. Nice! It surprises me some of the Mopars of that era didn't get as popular as other makes.
     
  27. pwschuh
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    There are very few fins I don't like.
     
  28. Ulu
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    The Swedes are OK too, but those Danes are a bit off the wall for my taste.
     
  29. Dave Mc
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    isn't this what kickstarted the Tailfin thing ?
     

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  30. 50Fraud
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    ^ This is several years in, a '53, I think. Cadillac started them in '48.
     

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