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Popular Cars of the 1950's

The 1950’s was a turning point for the automobile industry. More and more people purchased cars and began spending more time traveling in them. There were many innovations in the design, safety features, performance, and more! Can you think of a few classic 1950’s cars?



One of the most popular cars from the 1950’s was the 1957 Ford Thunderbird. When Ford improved their designs with the Thunderbird, it quickly became one of the most popular of the decade; and for only around $200 more than other cars that were on the market! The Thunderbird had sharp angles and tailfins and could reach 60 MPH in under 11 seconds – features many other cars did not have! The 50’s was a time of innovation and with all of its features, the Ford Thunderbird was a perfect example of it.


Among the most popular family cars was the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. This iconic car was coined, “the ‘55 Chevy” and is considered a classic car today. This car had two-tone colors, leather seats, large interior, distinguished designs, and more. The ‘55 Chevy was priced at $2,166, converted to roughly $21,000 USD today. Now, one in good condition could cost anywhere from $25,000-$60,000! With its modernized engine, interior design options, and more, the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was one of the top cars in the 50’s, and is still sought after today!


If you were looking for something fast and fancy in the 50’s, the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder is for you! From 1953-1956 Porsche only produced 90 Porsche 550s! Iconic stars including James Dean and Elvis Presley have driven a Spyder and now they can be seen at automobile shows across the country. It was an extremely lucrative racing car that could hit speeds up to 140 MPH. The price for a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder today is among the millions, with one even sold at $4.1million dollars!


The Volkswagen Beetle became popular in the 50’s because of its affordability, compact style, easy maintenance, gas mileage, and it was fun to drive! Many cars in the 1950’s were large and flashy which made the VW Bug stand out against the rest. It was introduced to America in 1949 and by the end of the 1950’s, approximately 300,000 VW Bugs were sold in the U.S.!



The 1953 Buick Skylark was very popular in the 50’s and is still a favorite for car lovers today! With its sharp angles, unique design, an engine that could produce up to 180 horsepower and the ability to reach 90 MPH, it had the looks AND performance everyone wanted. This car was also a popular choice among families due to its passenger seating and ability to get up and go when needed.







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